Metacognition shelby lubowicki

This week is finally time to start actually writing our essays. I have been planning my goals for my research paper for quite some time now. But, right now I am at a point with my plan that I am undecided with what path I want to take. I need to think and rethink the possibilities. On the Rhetorical Inn website for our English Composition class, metacognition is defined as "the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge". I will be practicing metacognition for the next couple of weeks as I am writing my paper.

In a Health Reference database, metacognition is referred to as "a person's understanding of what strategies are available for learning and what strategies are best used in which situations." (Harris) The article says most of your decision making skills are learned in childhood. My parents specifically raised me to think before I act, thus making me a good critical thinker. At this point of my life, I use these skills in situations like the ones I run into today, such as the path to take for my research paper.

There is an ongoing debate on if metacognition is positively or negatively correlated with mind wandering. Mind wandering is mostly sporadic thoughts of our brain, usually unintentionally. (Fox) Though mind wandering can include distracting things such as daydreaming, I feel as though without mind wandering, I would not be as creative as I am. Mind wandering allows my subconscious to allow ideas to enter my head. A broad spectrum of thoughts range when my mind is left to wander.

So as a reflection on the past week and a prelude to the week to come, I will allow my mind to wander in hopes to think up a great idea for my writing. Also, I will revert back to my childhood in the key steps to decision making and problem solving. Hopefully thinking and rethinking about my paper will help me in the long run.


Works Cited

Fox, Kieran C. R., Kalina, Christoff. "Metacognitive Facilitation of Spontaneous Thought Processes: When Metacognition Helps the Wandering Mind Find Its Way" The Cognitive Neuroscience of Metacognition, 2014, 293-319, Accessed 6 March 2017.

Harris, Joseph R., and Carol Turkington. “Metacognition.” The Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders, Third Edition, Facts On File, 2009. Health Reference Center, Accessed 6 March 2017.

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