Sometimes when I am metacognitively aware the thinking happens at the speed of sound and is hard to keep up with. I have to slow down my thoughts so I can pay attention to them. A better way to describe this action is that I have to pause and ponder my thinking. This usually happens when I am interested in what I am reading. Sometimes when I am metacognitively aware I hear my own voice loud and strong, in my head, agreeing with the writer. At times, I quickly grab a pen and jot down my agreement. I hear my voice paraphrasing what was just read-my way of checking my understanding. Sometimes when I am metacognitively aware I question why I’m reading the particular text. The question comes with a loud boom. It’s as if all of a sudden my brain realizes that I am not getting anything from the reading, I lack interest. My brain yells, “What are you doing?” Sometimes when I am metacognitively aware I feel the emotions of the characters. I find myself wiping away a tear or I find myself terrified and I have to close the book, walk away until I’m not scared anymore. Sometimes when I am metacognitively aware words jump off the page at me. These words carry meaning for me. Sometimes I don’t know at the moment what the meaning is but the word haunts me. I keep going back to them. After a while its significance becomes clear. Sometimes when I am metacognitively aware I am making connections to personal experiences. I usually highlight the word or phrase that triggered the connection. I may write in the margin what my connection was. This is my way of processing the information I’m reading. Sometimes when I am metacognitively aware I realize that I have just read a whole section of text and there was nothing…I did not see, hear, feel, taste, or wonder about anything. This is when I know I was not reading. Sometimes I start over again, I reread with careful attention or I decide it is not worth it. Sometimes when I’m metacognitively aware I realize that purpose or goal setting is important for me to be metacogitively aware especially if it is something I’m not interested in.
Sometimes when I am reading I am metacognitively aware but chose to do nothing but stay in the book and that, too, is alright!