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Metacognition. Helping Kids Unlock the Power of 'Thinking About Thinking'.

How many times do you get to the end of a page in a book, or a work document, and realised you cannot remember a word you’ve read?

It happens to us all.

Here’s the good news; your awareness that it’s happening is an example of metacognition—thinking about your own thinking—in action. And good metacognitive skills can help you learn and retain more.

“Metacognition is the ability to be aware of our cognitive or thought processes and to monitor, reflect on and change those processes,” says Dr Rose Luckin, professor of Learner Centred Design at the University College London (UCL) Knowledge Lab.

In the example of reading the passage in a book, you realise you’re not focusing and then you deploy strategies to become more cognitively engaged...

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