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 Read More …

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 Read More …

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 Read More …

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 Read More …

How to Listen with Understanding and Empathy: Who Is the Spotlight Shining On?

  By Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, and Allison Zmuda “To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences Read More …

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 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 …

Who Are the Learners in Our Executive Functioning Classroom?

  Daniel Vollrath, Ed.D. (@HabitsofMindInc) is a special education teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey, and a United States Professional Development Trainer for the Habits of Mind Institute. As a current educational leader within the classroom, Daniel’s best practices, strategies, goals, classroom culture, and interactions with Read More …