The Habits of Mind

Explore the Habits of Mind

These links will help you learn more about the Habits of mind:
The Institute for the Habits of Mind 
Habits of Mind Teachers Network - Resources including posters, summaries, articles & games
Habits of Mind Explained for Students


The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 ways of thinking identified by Professor Art Costa. These Habits of Mind are skillfully and mindfully displayed by intelligent people when confronted with problems which are not able to be solved immediately and automatically. The Habits of Mind are not thinking tools, rather they are ways of thinking that help to adopt a suitable thinking tool or strategy.

There are 16 Habits of Mind, which if developed, will help us develop into more thought-full, cooperative, compassionate generation of people who are skillful in resolving social, environmental, economic, and political world problems. 

  1. Persisting – Do stick to it.
  2. Communicating with clarity and precision – Be clear.
  3. Managing impulsivity – Take your time.
  4. Gathering data through all senses – Use your natural pathways.
  5. Listening with understanding and empathy – Understand others.
  6. Creating, imagining, innovating – Try a different way.
  7. Thinking flexibly – Look at it another way.
  8. Responding with wonderment and awe – have fun figuring it out.
  9. Thinking about your thinking (metacognition) – Know your knowing.
  10. Taking responsible risks – Venture out.
  11. Striving for accuracy and precision – Find the best possible solution.
  12. Finding humour – Laugh a little.
  13. Questioning and problem posing – How do you know.
  14. Thinking interdependently – Learning with others.
  15. Applying past knowledge to new situations – Use what you learn.
  16. Remaining open to continuous learning – Learn from experiences.

In your journal reflect on which 5 of these Habits you employ the most. How do you use them and in what circumstances?

Global Cafe

Participate in a Global Cafe on the Habits of Mind. As you rotate around the 'Cafes' you can add your interpretation of what the habit means. Make sure you see what is already there first.

Group Work

Form a group. Your teacher may have input as to how your groups will be formed. Each group should select a Habit on which they will become the expert. Your task will be to investigate the Habit you have chosen and prepare a presentation to share your knowledge with the class. The presentation should include the use of some form of technology. Glogster EDU allows you to create presentations which can include text, graphs, movies and sound files.
(Please note that teachers will need to sign up (free) and set up accounts for students in Glogster EDU as is blocked by the det portal)
Other possible options are PowerPoint, iMovie, Prezi, GoogleDocs, Slideshare, Smart Notebook, OneNote

Return to the Affinity Diagram

Have a another look at the categories you came up with on the Affinity diagram. Relate those headings to the Habits of Mind. What Habits might you be using when you use specific learning tools?

How Do You Rate Yourself?

Are you using Habits of Mind in your learning? Use this Matrix to rate yourself at this very moment. Come back to the Matrix at the end of each term.

Return to Your Journal & KWL

Reflect: What is the value of using Habits of Mind? How might they improve your approach to learning  (or not)? What could you do to make Habits of Mind a part of your daily life?
Add what you have learned to the L on your KWL.

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