Let’s look beyond the thinking. It has two parts - knowledge and regulation.
Say you’re going out to run errands. You might arrange your stops in the order of their importance or their location. You’ve just used both knowledge of “what” to do and “regulated” those chores in terms of value.
Thinking about thinking is critical for academics and daily life. If you don’t know “what” to do or “how” to do it, nothing gets done at all!
A form of metacognition is metamemory which is the knowledge of how you use your memory and your memory strategies. When you devise a plan for learning the states and their capitals, you use metacognition. When you begin the actual process of remembering them, it’s metamemory.
Watch your child to see how they are using these tools. Help them along with your own strategies.
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