Habits of Mind : Part Two
In part 2 of the Habits of Mind, I will continue to try to unravel the Habits of Mind to try to make them more understandable, less intimidating, and ultimately more approachable. Part 1 can be found here.
“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”
– Edmund Burke
Metacognition is thinking about your thinking. It’s one thing to have the right answer, but it’s another to be able to explain how you know. Students who possess this habit are aware of their thoughts and feelings as well as how what they say and do affects others.
One of the easiest ways that may throw your students off the first time is make them back up what they say. I had a student tell me what he thought a character’s intentions were and I asked him, ‘how do you know?’. He was flabbergasted for a second and didn’t know what to do. I asked him to prove it, which prompted him to find the passage he was thinking of and explain how he came to this conclusion. Thinking maps are also a great way to have students see how they think.