De-escalation with Habits of Mind

  Many situations in life can be overwhelming and overstimulate your brain. When this occurs it is a sign that your brain needs a rest. This video will help you learn more about getting from your downstairs brain to your upstairs brain through the use of five Habits of Mind. And, giving your body and […]

The Launch Pad for Success

  Sight. Sound. Touch. Taste. Smell. That’s right! When those five senses are stimulated they can make us more creative and effective. This video will hopefully guide you to discovering your senses and how they can best be utilized in creating a working station for success. As teachers, we can encourage autonomous learning through habits […]

The Balcony View

  Frustration, anger, anxiety…we have all been there. The ability to manage those emotions takes an ability to sit back and observe those stressful performances. In this video, you will be provided with three strategies that can assist in getting to that calm and regulated state of mind. Plus, how to find meaning in your […]

It’s Time to Hyperfocus!

  Getting started on any assignment can be a struggle. The mind wanders and you are constantly redirecting your focus back to the task at hand. In this video, you will learn how to become more intentional, focused, and efficient in completing a task. And, when that path of concentration gets lost, how to bring […]

Discover the 16 Habits of Mind

  Discover the 16 Habits of Mind and how they best fit into your learning and life beyond the classroom. While watching this video you will be able to see the true importance of habits and their ability to overcome obstacles in life. As teachers, we can encourage autonomous learning through habits of mind. Everything […]

Keeping Students With Learning Disabilities Motivated at Home

This post was first published on Edutopia and is reprinted with the author’s permission. The things that used to be routine in schools—morning announcements, bells ringing, classroom interactions, hallway gatherings, lunch chats, and peer bonding—are temporarily gone with the wind. As virtual learning continues with no end in sight here in New Jersey, staying on […]

Keeping Special Education Students Motivated: Tips and Tricks

Daniel Vollrath is a special education teacher, and a United States Professional Development Trainer for the Institute for Habits of Mind. As a current educational leader within the classroom, Daniel’s best practices, strategies, goals, classroom culture, and interactions with students with a learning disability are centred around the Habits of Mind. Read more from Daniel […]

Stepping to the Upstairs Brain with Habits of Mind

  So often we find students in an over-stimulated state of mind. Some of the most telltale signs and symptoms show up via inappropriate behaviors, outbursts, negative comments, and anxiety-ridden stares and actions – such as fidgety body movements, leg shaking, and clenching of fists. These visuals should raise concern and worry, putting educators in […]

The 9 Habits of Mind for Powerful Writing

For many individuals the ability to select a topic, conjure up ideas, and then write about it is a tough process. Even more arduous is the action of physically building focused behaviors to continue writing with reader appeal in mind. It takes persistence, focus, pacing, planning, questioning yourself, developing your senses, and thinking outside the […]

Habits of Mind and Resiliency: Tools for Success

  Hello Habits of Mind community! Welcome back to this new school year. I hope that the summer gave you time to ponder and to find wonderment and awe in just relaxing, managing your impulsivity by basking in the summer sun, remaining open to continuous learning by taking adventurous trips, thinking flexibly in creating summer time […]