My teacher is a very lovely lady. She is very knowledgeable and, if you would, acquainted with the brilliant invention of Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick. If you are not familiar with the 16 Habits of Mind, then I shall explain through the presence of these tips and documents.
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Have students identify characteristics of persistence shown by individuals in well-known events, or imagine what might have occurred if more or less persistence was shown in a given scenario.
2. Managing Impulsivity
Model the use of patience in the classroom, including wait time during discussion, or using helpful sentence stems that reflect intentional choice (such as “After reviewing all of the possible solutions . . . “).
3. Listening to Others with Understanding and Empathy
Identify the most common “listening set-asides” in conversation so that students can begin to recognize common “errors” that occur in everyday communication. These errors might include comparing, judging, placating or giving advice instead of really listening and understanding a message.
4. Thinking Flexibly
Use RAFT assignments (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) where students must consider a situation, letter, speech or poem from a perspective other than their own, or that of the original speakers.
5. Thinking About Our Thinking (Metacognition)
Ask students to map out their own thinking process. This can be done simply at first, e.g., diagramming the relationship between a want and a need, a gesture and a need to gesture. Then make it increasingly complex — mappingout how characters from books or thinkers in history might have arrived atcertain starting or stopping points in thought.
6. Striving for Accuracy and Precision
Use “three before me,” a strategy that insists on any important assignment being checked by at least three other people before being handed in.
7. Questioning and Posing Problems
Create a “parking lot” area in the classroom — stocked with post-it notes — where students can post questions that may not fit into the pace or format of a given class. Then highlight the better questions periodically, or use them as jumping off points for discussion or even lesson planning.
8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
Use question stems like “What do you remember about . . . ?”, “When have you ever seen anything like this?” or “Tell me what you know about . . . ” Whether you consider this activating schema, prior knowledge, or simply getting students more comfortable and in tune with what they already know, it can be a huge boost to the learning process.
9. Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
Remind students to avoid the vagueness and abstraction — and imprecision — of terms like always, never, all, everybody, teachers, celebrities, technology, they, we, should and must. Post these kinds of words or phrases where students can be reminded of them — and know to avoid them. And hopefully know why they should avoid them.
10. Gathering Data Through All Senses
Playfully allow students to “cite” sources from sensory data in addition to traditional textual sources. Also consider including the compelling use of such data in a rubric for formal assessment.
11. Creating, Imagining and Innovating
Offer persistent sources of inspiring thought, design, art or multimedia through writing prompts, discussion points or simply as a daily class closure. This models not only creativity, but also expertise, and is readily available on YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.
12. Responding with Wonderment and Awe
Don’t just allow opportunities for student choice in topics, formats or learning pathways — insist on it. Refuse to move the class forward until they are bringing their own passions into the learning experience.
13. Taking Responsible Risks
Create an environment where failure is analyzed, not punished.
14. Finding Humor
Point out humor where it is not immediately apparent, especially in stories and examples from your own life. This can help establish the “relativity” of “things,” which supports more accurate analysis. Humor makes everything better.
15. Thinking Interdependently
Using digital and social media imposes at least a topical need for interdependence from the beginning. The more thinking is published and shared, the more opportunity there will be for cognitive interdependence, though even opportunities aren’t guarantees that it will happen.
16. Learning Continuously
Intermittently revisit old ideas, writing and projects to identify areas for development, improvement or revision. This is especially natural in digital domains, where content is more fluid — updated, shared, hyperlinked, curated, reformatted into more or less visual terms, then shared again.
I know that these are just the tip of the iceberg and that there are many approaches one can take. Which of these Habits of Mind need the most support for your students? How do you integrate these habits into your classroom?
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I have fairly well acquainted myself with a particular 2 of these Habits of Mind. I have authored 2 documents on each of these 3 HOMs (Habits Of Mind) which I shall share with you in the below section.
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Listening with Understanding and Empathy
HABITS OF MIND SURVIVAL GUIDE
‘Listening with Understanding and Empathy’ is about listening with your heart, as well as with your ears. If you would like to have strong relationships and be a good friend, then here are some tips for you.
‘Listening with Understanding and Empathy’ is about hearing what someone has to say, caring about what they say and offering them kind words, a warm smile and a loving heart. ‘Listening with Understanding and Empathy’ is about being genuinely concerned for the person who is sharing with you. It means taking time to be supportive and finding ways to help your friend. Being able to do this will help your friendships. Friends love encouraging faces when they are talking to you. Even teachers sometimes need someone to listen to them, when they are having a difficult day or if something has happened to them and they are feeling sad.
Everyone needs someone to listen with understanding and empathy sometimes.
If someone needs you to listen to them with understanding and empathy, don’t stare into space or gasp at a chipped fingernail! Stop what you are doing, hear what is being said and listen with your heart!\
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HABITS OF MIND SURVIVAL GUIDE
What is it?
Persisting is what keeps you going with life. It means never giving up, just keep going. Persistence is firmly continuing to complete or carry out a duty without leaving that activity neglected.
1. Mum says, “You must persist with your homework!”
You say “I have no idea what BG + A4 equals, but all the same, I’ll keep persisting!”
2. Yes, I am about fall off a cliff, but I’m going to persist with holding onto the edge anyway!”
Persisting is not only a very important thing to do to become a humble and trustworthy person, but it can help you with everyday life, especially when you are experiencing being in a team or group.
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What do you think? I believe that these documents gave you a fair understanding of Listening With Understanding and Empathy and Persisting? My teacher has introduced my class with each Habit of Mind but I decided to share my knowledge with a mere 2 of them.
If you have the privilege to come to know and use the 16 HOM then, as studies show, you will grow to become a successful person. All of them help you to understand life, life life and get through life more clearly and successfully. By using them, you can get through tricky and even life changing situations more easily than not knowing them. They help you to withhold the troubles of life and everything that is packed with that may hurt you. Habits of Mind are brilliant remedies that personally, I use all the time to calm myself down and help tricky dilemmas to pass by and go away.
I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson and will either continue or begin using the well established, well generated Habits of Mind.
by Olivia, proudly and animal lover!