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October 31st, 2019 · No Comments

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Habit of Mind 5: Thinking About our Thinking (Metacognition)

“When the mind is thinking, it is talking itself”

Plato

Brains! Brains! Brains!
That is the word of the day! They are powerful beyond belief and this habit proves that mind of matter, really does work. It sounds so simple, but this habit – in my opinion – is the hardest to actually habitulize on a daily basis. Science proves that the brain is a complex organ. In the portion of the brain that manage rationalizations and thinking or the neocortex, metacognition is when we decipher what we know and don’t know.
Being conscious of strategizing, planning and the information required to produce or put plans into actions is what “thinking about our thinking” really boils down to. Self-reflection is a huge step in this process. Problem solving and the steps required to do so is what makes great metacognition. Actively reflecting and evaluating the productivity of our own thoughts are the key to metacognition.

Steps to Metacognition:
a/ Inner Speech
The trick to accomplishing this is inner language, even Plato said so. According to Vygotsky, inner language is egocentric speech that represents the recruitment of language in a person’s reasoning efforts or inner thoughts. In society today, talking to yourself is very much associated with “illness” or “strange”, when some of the most intelligent people believe that not talking to yourself is very much the opposite. Talk it out, think it through.

b/Developing Plan of Action
Following long-term plans can be difficult, that is why devising a plan is important, even for tasks that seem simplistic or silly. Following a planned sequence encourages us to think in the conscious mind. With a plan, we make more effect comparative judgements, assessments and readiness for our projects.

c/ Maintaining the Plan Overtime
If you take the time to make a plan, don’t waste time not following it!
Create checkpoints in your plan and work, accomplish portions of the task then take a break look back at your plan and readjust if needed.
This allows you to not feel overwhelmed and still managing your time as your planned. If things don’t go according to plan, don’t get overwhelmed just try your best to adjust and move forward with what you can!

d/Reflecting and Evaluating
As mentioned above, every plan – action – strategy requires you to look back and evaluate your work and progress. During those checkpoints and at the end of each project be sure to look at your work from different perspectives. Make changes as you go, assess how you can do matter next time, make plans for improvements. Try again!

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

 

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