Using buzz words, we are working with Meta-cognition, but what does it really mean? To make it more understandable; we can define it as "thinking about thinking", which helps our students to take ownership of their learning process.
This activity is originally called "Cognitive Content Dictionary" and it's a part of GLAD (I personally designate it as "Glosario" because I teach Spanish and it's the more natural term I found) and contributes to :
- involve our students in Meta-cognition
- build vocabulary
- comprehend more the language
- Teacher selects a word or words from unit vocabulary.
- Students predict meaning of selected word/words.
- Teacher provide final meaning.
- Students write and sketch something that will help them remember the meaning.
- Students use the word in a sentence.
- This activity can be done with a whole class, in teams and individually.
A possible Follow-up:
- One essential vocabulary word is selected each day as the signal word.
- A synonym or short definition phrase is used each time the word is said.
- A signal (a physical movement) is given that will help the students remember the meaning of the word.
- Each time the class changes activities the signal word, synonym and gesture are used to signal the end of one activity and the beginning of another.
- My own experience
- Metacognition: An Overview. By Jennifer A. Livingston
- Photography taken from Christina Orsi website