"The Discoveries That Promote Metacognition & Self-Directed Learning
In lieu of the academic standards, self-Knowledge–and perhaps the thinking habits learners possess–are the ultimate goal of all learning.
While it’s potentially useful to be able to calculate the area of a triangle, extract the theme from a poem, or identify push-pull factors in immigration, self-knowledge is the ability to take those ideas and fundamentally inform how you interact with the world around you.
These ideas include “Who am I,” and “What is my ideal self?” It is this kind of thinking that helps provide a “need to know” in students, in project-based learning for example, so rather than teach tone in an English-Language Arts class, you can first provide a need to understand tone, which itself is imposed by a self-aware interaction in the world."
from source: http://www.teachthought.com/