Metacognition Group

What is Metacognition?

Metacognition
is a fancy word for thinking about how we think.  This group is all about learning the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and actions, and how we can restructure these thoughts to become happier, more successful, and more at peace.  We will be utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) approaches, as well as growth mindset and positive thinking strategies.  These approaches are great for kids because they are very hands-on approaches that can be learned young and applied throughout their entire lives.

What is CBT?

CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, poses that our thoughts, feelings, and actions are all intertwined.  What and how we think will determine how we feel, which determines how we act.  How we feel influences how we act and think, and, consequently, how we act has an effect on how we think and feel.  
CBT Diagram

Here are some examples:

Thought: Today is going to be an awesome day!  --->
Feeling: Happy, Excited ---->  Actions: Smiling, Working hard

Thought: Work is going to be terrible today.  ----> Feeling: Lethargic, Anxious
-----> Actions: Distracted, Short-tempered

CBT also proposes that we have problematic thinking patterns cause by deep rooted beliefs that we may not even always be aware of.  Common beliefs that children may hold include, "I am not good enough." "No one likes me." "I'm not smart enough." "I am a failure." "I have to be perfect." "If I make a mistake, I am bad."

By bringing awareness to our thought patterns and realizing our problematic thinking, we can then come up with more positive replacement thoughts.  We may still have these problematic thoughts, but we can learn that they are just thoughts and our thinking can be changed.

A Few Examples:
Thought #1: I am going to fail that test.
Thought #2: Oh, it's ok that I'm nervous, but I'm going to think a replacement thought instead.  I will try my best on this test and see what happens.

Thought #1: I really miss my family.  I don't want to be at school today.
Thought #2: Oh, it's ok to miss my family.  Instead I'm going to think about how excited I am to tell them about my day today.

What is Growth Mindset?

​Similar to CBT, Growth Mindset focuses on thinking strategies that emphasize personal control and effort.  What matters in any given situation is our outlook, attitude, and effort.  This method focuses on stopping "Fixed Thinking" and moving towards "Growth Mindset Thinking".

Growth Mindset hinges on the belief that anyone can learn and be successful.  It pushes students to embrace challenges, focus on effort, learn from mistakes and criticism, and to be inspired by others' successes.

Here are some examples:

Growth Mindset