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What I Learned About Metacognition?! Happy Thursday everyone! Like many of you, I think I am getting used to the "New Normal". My children are home, learning through Zoom. I am busy with OT work and my doctoral program at Boston University (which I love). At times though, I feel I am thinking more, reflecting more - even in the middle of busy family chaos. I wonder: When will some version of normal return? How will the world change after this? Part of me even wonders (hopes) if people will be kinder, closer, more friendly after going through all this. Will I be a better version of myself? In some way, my thoughts and reflections tie into learning and child development. Reflection promotes change and improvement. Like many of you, I have heard the term "Metacognition" many times - I think I have a grasp on what it means. Metacognition is "Thinking about Thinking", "Learning about Learning", "Knowing about Knowing". Today I am sharing a simple information sheet about Metacognition and how "Thinking about Thinking" can positively impact the development of a child's reading skills. But, even if you don't work on reading with kids, METACOGNITION can be STILL applied to whatever you may teach or address. For example, when working on fine motor skills ask kids simple questions like, "Is it easier to hold your pencil this way or that way when writing?" "Why should you repeat directions to yourself? "How does it feel when you stand when you work instead of sitting?" Have a good rest of the week. Next week I will send out some info about fine motor skills and handwriting. Do feel welcome to share this resource with families and to post on any educational resource websites that your school may have put into place!