Creating a Symbolic Heart for the Habits of Mind on Your Campus

Creating a Symbolic Heart for the Habits of Mind on Your Campus

 Ron Ritchhart of Harvard University says that everything you do sends messages about what you value.  As you begin to think about the Habits of Mind and your environment, a community should ask itself, “What messages are we sending?” and “ What messages do we want to send?”

Schools seeking to meaningfully incorporate the Habits of Mind into their school environment should consider developing a symbolic center or touchstone for the Habits somewhere on campus.  In choosing a location and design, consider the following questions:

  • What messages are we sending by choosing this location/design?
  • What metaphorical connections might we make?
  • What connections to existing curricula, beliefs, or other school symbols might we make?

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