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Journal Entry 6

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This week at my field placement I was able to observe a metacognition class.  When I walked in the students were seated at their desks working independently on what seemed like different steps of the same process.  Some were reading through packets of paper, others writing by hand, and still others on their computer.  At the beginning of the year the students learned about different learning styles and figured out which type of learning style they have.  They learned about how their brain works and why one method may work better for them.  As the year progressed they learned about different study skills and techniques and practiced developing these skills in the classroom. 

I was amazed that this school is implementing this type of learning at a sixth grade level.  I think it is an extremely important skill to possess and I am happy that these students are able to have the resources to develop their study techniques.  However, I would argue that the meta-learning process needs to be taken one step further.  I think it is important for students to apply the same methods to talking about the curriculum and where they are in their learning process within their core subject areas.  I hope that I have the opportunity to talk with some of the students in the class to see what they think about this process and their learning.