Cultivating Cultural Competence through Cross- Cultural Collaborations

  By Sarah Evans How can we build cultural competence in elementary school-aged children? In a recent interview with Dr. Bena Kallick, co-founder of the Institute for Habits of Mind, she emphasized the need for building “equity consciousness”, which she defined as “the ability to pay attention to how much individuals have in common in […]

Entering a School with Music: A Place to Practice Habits of Mind

  Growing up, music had a huge influence on my life. Let’s just say that I come from a family of music enthusiasts. My brother is a pianist and my mother was a dancer. Suffice to say, I grew up under the influence of melodies and beats. That’s why I’m in a perfect position to […]

Four Ways to Bring Your Authentic Self to School

  By Bena Kallick and Giselle O. Martin-Kniep We educators keep hoping for certainty and stability. Many of us have assumed that we could create a predictable and linear path to learning for our students. However, since the pandemic, we are humbled by the realization that our best laid plans may not address the needs […]

The Depth Behind Icebreakers

  By Shawna Parkinson Beginning school again after a year of teaching during a pandemic may leave school buildings and teachers looking for intentional moves that will unite and inspire students and staff in the first week. One approach could be to focus on building relationships through the implementation of icebreaker activities that teachers, from […]

Be a Thermostat Not a Thermometer

  This is the first of three posts in a series. Our students are coming back to school whether in person or remotely with different experiences of social connection over the seventeen months (since March of 2020). As we prepare our lessons and physical spaces for students, let’s also attend to the social climate of […]

Empathy is Foundational During Our Current Uncertainty

  By Allison Zmuda, Bena Kallick and Art Costa Empathy is a foundational part of healing from the political and social issues we are currently facing. Empathy can also be a response to a joyful experience. This newsletter focuses on the powerful experience people have experienced when they have been listened to with understanding and empathy. […]

Learning Empathy with Compassion Projects

  By Jaime Crane and Lisa Bradley 1st-grade teachers, North Canaan Elementary School   How do we grow the capacity of our young students for empathy? Last year, the first grade teachers focused on the Habit of Mind animation “Listening with Understanding and Empathy” in their classes. This was part of a larger regional project […]

Empathy in This Moment

  By Jennifer Norman Empathy is an invitation to discover yourself by connecting with others in a symbiosis and bonding that heals us. Empathy is the recognition that the meaningful connection to others is where healing takes place, where we can find one another and resonate. Five years ago I met a remarkable young superintendent […]

Establishing a Three-Way Relationship in Service of Deeper Learning

  By Bena Kallick and Giselle O. Martin-Kniep. This article was first published on ASCD Inservice.   “I, Thou, and It – a three-way relationship in which “I and Thou” are the people (often a teacher and child, though not always) and “It” is the content that compels both.” —David Hawkins, The Informed Vision, 2003 […]