LAVC Oceanography 115 Metacognitive Log Entries


What is a Metacognitive Log? And why are we doing this anyway?

  • Metacognition is the practice of thinking about your thinking. By getting under the hood, so to speak, we are able to fine tune the process and become better thinkers and learners.
  • Each week, you will be invited into the practice of metacognition through a variety of prompts.
  • This first prompt invites you to make a plan that will also serve as a contract to help keep you accountable.
  • It also gets you into the habit of identifying and asking questions – something we will practice more as the semester progresses.

For this Assignment: Week 1 Metacognitive Log:

Your first submission should have three entries, each with headings that are numbered and titled as below.

Please carefully read the instructions below each heading and write each entry in your own words. This is an excellent way to practice and develop your communication skills.

ML Entry #1 – Learning in our Classroom

In this first entry, you are invited to reflect on your learning style. Take time to review the syllabus, orientation module and textbook (Links to an external site.).

Then, write down a detailed plan that describes actions you will take to succeed in this class.

Where appropriate, include a schedule of how you will budget your study time each week.

ML Entry #2 – Evidence/Interpretation Log

In your second entry, please collect THREE pieces of evidence from videos and/or readings and give an interpretation of that evidence.

You may copy material from the text or another source BUT, if you do, you must cite the source. Interpretations MUST be in your own words.

Please format your journal as shown in the example below, using your own excerpts from the learning materials.

What is evidence? And how is it interpreted?

Evidence is a piece of information – something that we observe or measure – that helps us to better understand the world.

An interpretation uses evidence to explain a phenomenon.

For example, if, all of a sudden you felt the ground moving beneath you, you might interpret that ground motion as evidence of an earthquake.

EVIDENCEINTERPRETATIONThe Canyon Diablo meteorite contains equal proportions of uranium and lead.

Uranium is the radioactive parent element. Lead is its daughter product. Since there are equal amounts of each, we can conclude that one half-life has passed. Uranium has a half-life of 4.5 Ga, so we can calculate the age of the meteorite: 

Age =  (# of half-lives that have passed) x (length of the half-life) = (1) x (4.5 Ga) = 4.5 Ga

If we assume that this meteorite formed at the same time as the solar system, then we can infer the age of the Earth is equal to 4.5 Ga.

The most distant stars and galaxies appear in the redder part of the electromagnetic spectrum.This “Red shift” is how the wavelength of starlight appear to have been elongated by the Dopplar effect, suggesting that they are moving away from us. This is evidence that the universe is expanding.My students are good at identifying areas of confusion and asking questions.They are curious and eager to learn.

ML Entry #3 – Gots & Needs

In your third entry, please reflect on what you have gotten from the material so far and also consider what you need  in order to better understand the material. Y

Please format your journal as shown in the example below.

GOTSNEEDSI get the scientific method and the steps involved.I am still confused about what iterative means.I get that oceanography is an interdisciplinary science.I don’t quite get the difference between geology and geography.Latitude makes sense – it is the angle between the horizon and the north star (at least in the northern hemisphere)Longitude doesn’t really make sense to me. I need to spend some more time with it.