My third graders and I were talking about metacognition. One of our beginning of the year conversations about what wise readers do...
One of my boys said, "I know that metacognition means that (as readers) we have to think about our thinking. And I see the word "cog" in the middle of the word... it's like we have these cogs moving inside our brain. Sometimes when I'm reading, I can just see the cogs moving... one is my schema, one is asking questions, one is a word I don't know..."
Another student responded, "Yeah, it's like you can just see them moving... the cogs help you understand what you're reading. Like a bicycle chain!"
"Oh, and when you don't understand, you know those times when you don't get it... when all the thinking is getting in the way..."
We all nodded.
"... we should call that metaclognition!"