The ability to think about your thoughts with the aim of improving learning.
What in the world? Meta-what?
Before pondering Chester stories to find that match-of-a-story to connect this week's habit to the heart ... Well, first I had to visit Google, Mr. B's AACA Blog, and Mrs. Webster, (yes, she still has an honored place on my shelf), for meaning and understanding. Seriously, I had not a clue.
Here, are a few of my metacognition thoughts ~~ Metacognition is a million dollar word, that in my simple language simply means taking time to think about what I am thinking about. Being present in my brain, in the moment, not bouncing around in a kazillion directions & being tugged by a bazillion distractions. Truly, being purposeful to take to heart what I am thinking about.
And let me tell you ~~ When Chester is in the classroom, the students ARE
meta-cognitting :). To the max. It just happens. It's one of the reasons we are in the classroom. METACOGNTION! Who gnu?
Each week, when Chester and I walk through the classroom door, students instantly connect to their furry lovable buddy. When I tell Chester habit-of-the-week-stories, students are with me. Whether talking about Chester's empathy, or Chester and his 5 senses. Or Chester and humor. Chester and patience....or not. Chester and concentration. You get the picture. Students from 1st-5th grade, can tell you in d.e.T.A.I.L. each Chester story and how it relates to each habit.
I tested it out this week. The metacognition thing. I was ahhh-mazed. The memory and connection and heartfelt responses from students in each classroom.
When Chester is in the room. He's just a kid magnet. And a brain magnet. A thought magnet. A learning magnet.
Metacognition! Woof Woof!