Three Interrelated Keys to Greater Student Engagement and Deeper Learning

  By Liz Locatelli, Ed. D.  I have left most recent conversations with educators and students feeling very sad. Leaders are overwhelmed, teachers are exhausted and frustrated and students are bored. I couldn’t get my head around how we could make a difference until I had the opportunity to read Read More …

Teaching Habits of Mind is Not Enough

  By James Anderson Teaching the Habits of Mind is important, but it’s not enough. Here’s why. I remember when I first came across the Habits of Mind back in the late ’90s. I was so excited about them. I couldn’t wait to start teaching them to my students. And Read More …

How the Habits of Mind Become a Shared Language of Learning

  By James Anderson Are you talking the talk? Or walking the walk? There’s nothing quite like walking into a school where the Habits of Mind have been adopted as a language for learning. You see the Habits of Mind displayed on the walls. You read about them in school Read More …

The Tipping Point for Succeeding with Habits of Mind

  By James Anderson Stop using the Habits of Mind and start improving them! Over the years, we’ve seen countless schools adopt the Habits of Mind. For many, their Habits of Mind journey has been disappointingly short lived, with little enduring impact on student learning outcomes. But for a few Read More …

Introducing the Habits of Mind Profile Tool

  By James Anderson Measure and Map the development of your Habits of Mind! Last week, we discussed the critical shift from using to improving your Habits of Mind. This is the tipping point that puts schools onto a path of continuous development, and it is the change in mindset Read More …

Your Whole School Approach To Habits of Mind

  By James Anderson It’s been more than 25 years since Art Costa and Bena Kallick introduced the world to the Habits of Mind. In that time, the Habits have become a classic in education, transforming teaching, learning and school cultures around the world. Unfortunately, not all schools that started Read More …

Teaching Habits of Mind Through a Picture Book

  By Robyn Ackerman One of my most favorite ways to teach children curriculum is through the pages of an engaging picture book! M is for Mindful is an extraordinary example! Author Robin L. Flanigan uses beautiful prose to describe each letter of the alphabet in such a thought-provoking way, Read More …

Mediating Uncertainty with Patient Inquiry

  By Giselle O. Martin-Kniep   “The most effective people are those who can ‘hold’ their vision while remaining committed to seeing current reality clearly.” Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization   Patience, as defined by the Marrian-Webster dictionary 1: bearing pains Read More …

Break the Humour Code: Laugh and the Class Learns With You

“A good laugh is rather too scarce.” —Herman Melville Humour lightens up the classroom and energises learning in at least four major teaching and learning areas. Humour Primes Students’ Brains to Learn The best high school science teacher I ever came across claimed that his success was partly because he Read More …

Using Habits of Mind to Ensure the School Culture is a Supportive One

  “All knowledge is sacred, but it should not be secret.” —Susan Cooper, writer Questions about the cultural inclusivity of the Habits Of Mind were raised at the Auckland Expo when a challenge to consider the cultural dimensions of the program was put to the presenters by a Maori teacher: Read More …