Thinking About THINKING

March 03, 2014 Lana Jelenjev

Mind map of our day trip to Plopsaland


This month I will devote Mindful Mondays thinking about THINKING. It is my aim to empower parents to be advocates of critical thinking and creativity at home so best to start with giving some basic definition and information on thinking. By the way do you know there is a term for "thinking about one's thinking"?If you said "metacognition" then you are correct.

Metacognition helps us understand our own learning. It involves both reflection and self-regulation. It means we think about what we know and manage how we go about learning. Metacognition is important in helping children be reflective learners and acquire essential learning strategies.

Thinking Skills are buzzwords for educators. As parents, we are our children’s first teachers, in the same way that we teach them about basic concepts like colors and shapes, we also need to teach our children to THINK ABOUT THEIR THINKING. Having a broad range of thinking skills ensure that our children have the mental capacities  to investigate the world, to solve problems and make judgements.

So let's THINK ABOUT IT as parents...

  • If neural connections are great during the early years with 700 neural connections being formed per second, how do we make use of this opportunity in teaching our children thinking skills?
  • Do you know what the different thinking skills are?
  • What kind of thinker is your child or children?
  • What kind of thinker are you?

These are just a few of the questions to ask as we explore our thinking. But first I would like to share with you one of the major reasons why early development is important and why the NOW matters not just in developing thinking skills but in investing at children in their early years.

Watch out for more posts on thinking. I will also be giving a series of workshops on How to Support Learning by Making Thinking Visible at Home this March.


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