- As you reflect on this trimesters work, which of the Habits of Mind (listed and defined above) were you most aware of in your own learnings? Persistence: I try my best to stick to the task at hand. I’ve learned the hard way that if I jump around between too many projects, I’m not able to fully invest myself in any of them, and end up ultimately stressed and dissatisfied with my progress.
Manage impulsiveness: Some topics, I have a readily formed and elaborated opinion on. Others, I might take a while before I feel I have anything of substance to add. I don’t shy away from questioning if I feel something is unclear or unreasonable, often when it’s probably best I bite my tongue. My most common way of getting through challenges is failure, which, as I’ve come to bitterly accept, is a form of learning they don’t reward you for.
Flexible Thinking: I’ve long since given up on the egocentric and naive notion that I somehow objectively know best. I recognize I often can get stuck in a fixed mode of thinking and not even realize it until somebody points out a different methodology, which forces me to reevaluate my default perception of things and try to implement something new.
Strive for Accuracy: Checking for errors is important. Do you do this before requesting help? Do you have the desire to be precise; are you committed and do you strive for quality? It goes without saying. It’s my vice and virtue.
Questioning and Posing Problems: I rarely do so explicitly, as that tends to lead me down a line of questioning that has an adverse effect on my productivity, but it’s in my subconscious almost any time I self-analyze how quickly I obtain information and how well I’m able to apply it in comparison to other.
What metacognitive strategies did you use to monitor your performance and task completion this trimester
I’m acutely aware of the modes of thought I shift through throughout the day. Different classroom and sets of people trigger different emotions and state of focus in me. On my own time, my greatest self-improvement project has been restoring my sleep to some level of normalcy, as I am also acutely aware of how much more dismal everything appears through a sleep-deprived brain.
Referring to the bulleted list above, which Habit of Mind will you focus on as you begin your next project?
Persistence and applying past knowledge are probably the biggest two.
Will you practice it in another course? Sure.
As you think about your future, how might these Habits of Mind be used as a guide in your life?
As far as I can tell, I have already been implementing all of those on some level without having known the specific terminology for them, so I believe I’ll just keep at it and hope to improve each category