The Institute for Habits of Mind

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Some school designers cultivate and assess for students' Habits of Mind. They seek to create a more thoughtful, cooperative, compassionate generation of people who skillfully work to resolve social, environmental, economic, and political problems.

Learn about Habits of Mind, dispositions that empower creative and critical thinking.

They include:

Persisting
Managing Impulsivity
Listening with Understanding
Thinking Flexibly
Thinking About Thinking (Metacognition)
Striving for Accuracy
Questioning and Posing Problems
Applying Past Knowledge
Thinking and Communicating with Clarity
Gather Data Through All Senses
Creating, Imagining, Innovating
Responding With Wonderment and Awe
Taking Responsible Risks
Finding Humor
The Institute for Habits of Mind has a mission to transform schools into learning communities where thinking and Habits of Mind are taught, practiced, valued, and infused into the culture. Their vision is to create a more thoughtful, cooperative, and compassionate generation of people who skillfully work to resolve social, environmental, economic, and political problems. To that end, the Institute provides a variety of professional development services including:

Foundation Series intended to introduce and deepen the understanding of the Habits of Mind
Blended Model-on site and web-based learning experiences introducing, developing, and assessing Habits of Mind
Developing a thinking based culture in schools
Developing Lessons with Habits of Mind in mind
Assessing for growth and goal setting
On site and web based coaching
Classroom and school observation
Developing Leaders and Mindful Mentors to sustain Habits of Mind
Customized school and district services