4 Ways Kids Use Self-Monitoring to Learn

Dr. Dan Pezzulo

Self-monitoring is a fancy name for a skill you use all the time to keep track what you’re doing.It’s a series of assessments you make along the way: How is the activity going? What’s working and what’s not? Should I make adjustments? When you make breakfast, you check to see if the butter has melted in the pan before adding the eggs. If the eggs were runny last time, you might think, What do I need to do differently this time?

That same skill applies to learning, too. Here are four ways kids use self-monitoring to help with learning.

Self-Monitoring and Basic Learning

Kids use self-monitoring to help them learn skills like math and reading, but they also use it for more basic things, like understanding directions, keeping track of due dates and checking work. If your child has weak self-monitoring skills, she may not recognize mistakes when…

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