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Thinking about Thinking

Metacognitive Journal

Metacognition is thinking about thinking, which includes reflecting on one's personal thought processes — what one knows, what one doesn’t know, and how one knows. This process allows the learner to connect new knowledge to prior knowledge, formulate ideas, and clarify thinking. Journaling is one way to facilitate metacognition.

Throughout the SMP module you will be asked to predict, reflect, and synthesize your ideas. The Metacognitive Journal is available in each of the units and provides a place to record and collect your thoughts. Each reflection is numbered, and you can return to your entries at any time. In Unit 6, you will review your Metacognitive Journal to revisit your ideas, reflect on your learning, and think about your next steps for teaching mathematics.

In addition to writing in the Metacognitive Journal, you may find it beneficial to collaborate with one or more colleagues to review and discuss your reflections together.