Meta-Cognition: The Follow-Up Questions

I wonder if you’ve heard of “meta-cognition”? It’s a relatively new concept in education, and it literally means “thinking beyond” or “thinking about what you’re thinking.” People are just now starting to talk about it in early childhood, but I’ll bet you’ve been encouraging it without realizing it.

The focus in education used to be about asking questions to get children to give you the right answer. But now it’s more about going beyond the answer and helping them think about their thinking. How did they think of that answer? That’s why follow-up questions are so important, like “What did you notice that helped you figure it out? or “What’s another way to solve that?”

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