Summarizing research from theorists such as Robert J. Marzano and Daniel Goleman, this revised volume helps educators understand and utilize brain research to build high-achievement classrooms.
Chapter 8: Thinking about thinking
Thinking about thinking
Neurons that fire together wire together.
Metacognitive reflection, or the mind watching itself, is essential to the learning process. In the metacognitive moment, learners plan, monitor, and evaluate their own thinking and learning. The reflection is the pause in the act of learning that deepens understanding and gives meaning to the learning. In metacognitive processing, or reflecting, learners are, first, self-aware and, second, self-regulatory. Mature learners know that to really know, to fully comprehend something, involves a moment when they are aware of what they are learning and how well they are learning it. This awareness and control over one's thinking and learning is the key to learning that has breadth and depth for future use.
Implied in the realm of metacognition, ...