Learning is more than just memorization. It is a lifelong process, and in order for the process to be effective, we need to understand how our mind process information. On today's episode, we discuss metacognition and learning and how it is important in navigating any student to success.
The brain takes in information through the five senses: visual, auditory, taste, smell, and touch. We are constantly consuming information which passes through Short-term memory, working memory, and long-term memory
- Learning is like building a house. Essential information is required in order to build higher knowledge. An improper foundation can impact construction.
- Everyone has the capacity to learn, but everyone process information in different ways.
Three common learning styles: auditory, visual and kinesthetic (hands-on). -A person dominant means of retaining information
Some experts disagree with the idea of learning styles. It is possible to have a combination of learning styles.
Learning styles help to serve as the foundation to metacognition ( thinking about thinking)
Metacognition is the ability to understand our own thought process in order to learn information. It is key in building effective and efficient learners
Most students with learning disabilities experience difficulties in metacognition skills. i.e. They may not know how to study and prepare for a test or how to start a writing assignment effectively.
THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING & METACOGNITIVE SKILLS
Misconception: learning is just memorization and regurgitating- not developing the deeper skills needed for higher learning i.e. critical thinking, problem-solving
Student needs to transfer knowledge from the classroom to into the community and life
The problem for a student with learning challenges, not being able to understand their learning limitations - make it hard to develop effective learning skills that work for them.
Learning metacognition skills can be the difference between making learning fun and not frustrating- creating effective and efficient students
Quote: Jerome Bruner – “Thinking about thinking” has to be a principle ingredient of any empowering practice of education.”
Lev Vygotsky – “Learning is more than the acquisition of the ability to think; it is the acquisition of many specialized abilities for thinking about a variety of things.”