Thinking Thoughts. . .

Even a fine-tuned sense of self-awareness about our patterns of behavior may not enable us to understand why we behave certain ways, but metacognition can help.

But Jim, what is metacognition? Its a large concept that goes beyond the scope of this article, so let me try to summarize:

This is the process of analyzing the reasons for your behaviors – a way of “thinking about thinking.” It’s a deep dive into the experiences that inform your actions to explain how they boost or hinder you in reaching your full potential. Engaging in metacognition enables you to develop a deeper understanding of what makes you different and unique and of what holds you back. For an analogy, think of wine. In addition to studying a wine’s hue, aroma and taste, connoisseurs study its terroir – the extent to which the vineyard environment of the grapes influences the wine. Metacognition is the same energy/concept.

Examples of metacognitive activities include planning how to approach a learning task, using appropriate skills and strategies to solve a problem, monitoring one’s own comprehension of text, self-assessing and self-correcting in response to the self-assessment, evaluating progress toward the completion of a task, and It helps us choose the right cognitive tools for the task and plays a critical role in successful learning.

Does the modern definition sound familiar? Was someone pointing us to self reflect and grow from our inner thoughts and cognitions long ago?

When we become aware of metacognitive skills we function better on many levels and complete tasks more efficiently – we choose the right tool for the job, and we modify learning strategies as needed, identifying blocks and changing tools or strategies to ensure the right steps on our path. Because Metacognition plays a critical role in successful learning, it is important that we understand the methods of our learning and the steps we take to look deeply into our processes and our life.

Peace and Love, Jim

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