Below are some prompts that should help you better understand your lessons in all subjects. This process o asking is called METACOGNITION or thinking about your own thinking. It’s a looking at HOW you look at things.
General Problem-Solving Metaquestions
- Define the Problem: What am I asked to do or find out?
- Establish preconditions: What information have I been given?
- Scan previous learning: What strategies have I used in similar situations?
- Access information: Who or what could help me with this?
- Establish criteria: What will a successful solution look like?
- Develop a plan: What will be step one, step two, step three?
- Sequence activities into a timeline: What has to be done by when?
- Evaluate the solution: How well does the solution conform to the criteria?
- Assess the performance: What helped me in this process? What hindered me? What would I do differently next time?
- Extension of knowledge: What new skills have I learned? Can I replicate this solution or apply it to other situations?
- What are the big ideas or concepts?
- How well does this information fit with what I already know?
- What generalizations or inferences can I make from this information?
- Are there any questions or concerns that I still have?
Thinking level Metaquestions
- What type of thinking is built into this question (e.g. analysis, synthesis, inductive reasoning)?
- What type of thinking do I need in order to answer this questions?
Applying/Transferring Skills Metaquestions
- Are there other uses for this knowledge or skill?
- What are some other situations where I might apply this skill?
- Can I transfer the skill as is or do I need to change it in some way?