Habits of Mind - Expectations

I've observed that students are more comfortable and active in class when they are aware of the expectations teachers have for them.  In my enrichment classes, I make sure students and parents are aware of these expectations by directing them to certain Habits of Mind.  These are the habits I generally encourage students to consider as they are working.  My job is to challenge students and to remind them they won't always know the correct answer. 

What are Habits of Mind?


A Habit of Mind is knowledge of how to behave intelligently when you DON’T know the answer.

A Habit of Mind means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known: dichotomies, dilemmas, enigmas, and uncertainties.

The critical attribute of intelligent human beings is not only having information but also knowing how to act on it.


The 16 Habits of Mind


·        Persisting (don't give up!)

·        Thinking and communicating clearly

·        Managing impulsivity (think first, then speak)

·        Gathering data through all the senses (information comes from a lot of places)

·        Listening with understanding and empathy

·        Creating, imagining, innovating

·        Thinking flexibly (new ways of thinking if the first way doesn't work)

·        Responding with wonder

·        Thinking about your own thinking

·        Taking responsible risks (don't be afraid to try something different)

·        Striving for accuracy

·        Finding humor in situations and being able to laugh at yourself

·        Questioning and posing problems (asking questions is at least as important as answering them)

·        Thinking for yourself

·        Applying past knowledge to new situations

·        Remaining open to continuous learning


Source: www.habits-of-mind.net/whatare.htm