Rigor, Relevance, Relationships

Habits of Mind as Learning Outcomes

As teachers we frequently focus on how many answers a student knows. When we teach for the Habits of Mind, we are interested also in how students behave when they don't know an answer. The Habits of Mind are performed in response to questions and problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. Our goal is to enhance the ways students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it. We want students to learn how to develop a critical stance with their work: inquiring, editing, thinking flexibly, and learning from another person's perspective. The critical attribute of intelligent human beings is not only having information but also knowing how to act on it.
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Useful Websites:
Mini course on Habits of Mind A complete Habits of Mind Introduction delivered right to your inbox! If you want to find out what the Habits of Mind are all about, then this is a perfect introduction. This Habits of Mind Mini Course is comprised of 10 easy emailed "lessons" that explore one or more Habits of Mind plus some essential related topics.
Ideas for Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind Edutopia blogger provides suggestions on implementation.
Teaching the Habits of Mind Steps to bring habits of mind to the center of your learning

Handouts:
A more in depth view of the habits of mind
A one page pdf with images and a summary of each habit of mind
Each habit of mind on its own sheet with examples of how each is displayed