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Habits of Mind

May 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“When we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”

Wendell Berry

What do intelligent people do? What are their behaviors, what makes them intelligent in the way they behave? What makes them good problem solvers and how do they find solutions so well?

There are 16 characteristics that have been identified by researchers and scientists that have helped intelligent people of many adversities and professions. These characteristics have been formally noted as “The Habits of Mind”.

We are going to overview these habits at a simple level and in the upcoming weeks, we will dive deeper into each habit and what they entail in detail. Research shows young students who have embedded these habits into their daily lives improve their cognitive thinking abilities (CIA FIRST International School, 2019)

Habits of Mind (HoM) are “ 16 attributes of what human beings do when they behave intelligently. They are the characteristics of what intelligent people do when they are confronted with problems, the resolutions to which are not immediately apparent. These behaviors are seldom performed in isolation. Rather, clusters of such behaviors are drawn forth and employed in various situations. When listening intently, for example, one employs flexibility, metacognition, precise language and perhaps questioning. “ (Costa and Kallick, 2010)

What are the habits?

CHALLENGE! – Take 5 minutes, set a timer and see if you can guess what the 16 habits would be. Which habits in life are important for being successful and solutions focused?

Which 16 habits would you pick?

Tune in to our next blog to find out what the habits are.


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