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Habits of Mind Conference Breakout Sessions

April 5-6, 2024 | California

UDL and HOM: How to Use Questioning To Invite Thinking

Bena Kallick and Rhonda Marriott Spencer

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Habits of Mind are complementary partners to deepen students’ thinking. Bena and Rhonda found the perfect marriage of their specialized practices when they combined the “key ideas of UDL”: firm goals for expectations and flexible choices on how learners will become more skillful in utilizing questioning.  During this session, participants will explore how the Habits of Mind provide a choice of behaviors to prepare educators and learners to intentionally practice communicating with clarity and questioning and posing problems.

Be A Leader, Living Out the HOM

Art Costa and Michele DeBellis

Leaders are not defined by a title or a position rather a set of actions. The Habits of Mind are actions that support being thoughtful and empathic leaders who continuously learn-often with and from others. Leaders live out the Habits of Mind with a transparency and intentionality that creates a pathway for trust building and a thriving community culture.

Navigating Difficult Conversations with Habits of Mind

Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda

We are often in the position of feeling defensive when confronted with another’s sense of urgency, rigidity in a position, or powerful emotions. Habits of Mind can be a trusted resource to help us build bridges across polarities. In this session, we will leverage three Habits to help navigate difficult conversations with adults. We will use role plays to strengthen our practice lending our ears and opening our minds to someone else’s perspectives.

Who’s story is it anyway?

Allison Zmuda and Kelsey Jaskot

Teachers make lots of choices everyday to shape the assignments and experiences on behalf of their learners. But learning is a two-way partnership rather than a one-way road. This session focuses on how students connect with those choices and how that  leads to engaging their curiosities and interests. This session explores how three practices — curriculum storyboards, portfolios, and student-led conferences — can help grow students’ capacity to tell the story of their own learning. When they take a leadership role in sharing how they are thinking, they craft the story of what they are learning so far and are motivated to see where it is heading next.

Where do we go from here?

David Hyerle

We are inspired and want to take action. David Hyerle will facilitate a process with thinking maps to help us generate fresh thinking about how Habits of Mind will help us grow more connected, compassionate, optimistic, and joyful communities. We will leverage this session to think about what we see as the next growth for IHOM.

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence & Habits of Mind to Grow More Skillful Writers

Paul Allison and Nick Kowigos

The use of AI does not replace the teacher, but rather guides powerful feedback to students so that the teacher can act more as a coach, spend less time critiquing writing produced, and spend more time helping students become self-directed writers and metacognitive thinkers. Paul and Nick will share their powerful educational writing tool that shows how the Habits of Mind can serve as a “thinking partner” to help students to become better thinkers as they construct and improve their writing.

Practitioners as Researchers of Habits of Mind

Servet Altan and Julio Vazquez

It has been 30 years of practice with the Habits of Mind. What does research suggest about its impact? Servet and Julio will share their research on how it has been impactful in their learning environments.  In addition, Servet will preview some of the other researchers featured in his book, Mindfulness and Thoughtfulness – many of whom are at this conference! 

Activating Metacognition in the Classroom

Brian Horner

As educators, we aspire for our learners to become more knowledgeable and skillful. AND  we also want to make them more self-aware of how they are thinking so that they can be more thoughtful, agile learners . This workshop explores how to directly teach the habit of thinking about your thinking. Brian will share instructional strategies such as checklists, self-talk, reflection, and self-assessment,to get students to tap into their thinking.

Creating a Harmonious Community of Learners With the Habits of Mind

Brian Horner

This session explores how specific Habits of Mind can grow a classroom in  which a diverse group of students become  respectful, interdependent thinkers. Brian will share practical examples of how he builds spiderwebs of creativity and innovation with his K-8 gifted students that can be applied regardless of subject area or grade level.

How HOM Can Transform Special Education IEP Goals and Conversations

Dan Vollrath

“Lucas and I discussed his IEP goal of managing his impulsivity. Together we brainstormed two accommodations that would support this goal: waiting three seconds before calling out, and writing down what he wants to say instead of interrupting. I acknowledged that these were great ways to manage his impulsivity. We wrote these down and placed them on his desk as a reminder.”

This example models some of the routines and practices we will explore in this session. From specific learning disabilities to related disorders, Habits of Mind play an integral and novel approach in transforming the way we as educators view the IEP discussion. The goal is to work with students to design IEP goals and have more collaborative conversations where students build agency in their own learning.

A Bird’s Eye View of a Certified School Journey

Nick Bruski and Rusty Ito

Once Habits of Mind spark and ignite the students and teachers in a school, they move toward school certification. Let Montecito take you on their field trip as they share how they got started and the work that has evolved over 5 years of work as a certified school.

A Window into the Individual Practitioner Certification Program

Craig Gastauer

This past year, IHOM created a new path for practitioners who wanted to continue their practice and growth of the dispositions for themselves, their colleagues, and their students. Join Craig Gastauer, who will facilitate a panel of certified participants in the program who will reflect upon and share our cohort experiences, challenges, and successes that led to a change in mindset and helped our learners become more thoughtful in their learning.

Animations Bring Each Habit to Life in Powerful Stories

Terry Thoren with Carol Flanigan and Andrea Yawman
If young children can say and learn about pterodactyls and brontosaurs, they can also say and learn the 16 Habits of Mind.  Terry Thoren collaborated with Art Costa and Bena Kallick to produce the 16 Habits of Mind as a series of engaging animated stories. In this session, you will learn how each habit is represented as a story and the many ways that early childhood teachers are using these animations and printable extension lessons to engage their students in powerful and memorable ways.

Diving Deeper into Managing Impulsivity

Pat Mullikin and Juanita Henry

When you poll educators about which habit of mind they would love to see in their students and colleagues, managing impulsivity often rises to the top. This session focuses on what it takes to learn how to manage impulsivity with related strategies for helping ourselves and others  become better at it.

Small and Smart Lessons to Grow Habits of Mind

Michelle Hughes

Oftentimes educators love the idea of the Habits of Mind, but immediately ask “Now, how do I get started to teach them? And, how do I get students right from the very beginning to use them to guide their thinking?” Participants in this session will preview a playbook to help  bridge theoretical and personal understandings of the Habits of Mind in any learning environment. These practical and engaging lessons are designed to integrate into your curriculum and co-curricular experiences.

Leveraging Habits of Mind to Manage and Strengthen Social Emotional Learning

Dan Vollrath

“You might be able to master advanced math, speak three languages fluently, and maintain a 4.0-grade point average, but if you can’t manage your emotions, practice conflict resolution, or handle stress, none of the other stuff is going to matter.”

Before diving into curriculum and content, students should also see balanced priorities for SEL — the handling of stress, managing emotions, and practicing conflict resolution. In this session, you will have the opportunity to connect the pieces of SEL and Habits of Mind into a unified puzzle to support learning in a psychologically safe space.

Applying the HOM in Problems of Practice

Michele DeBellis

We all face challenges professionally and personally in our workplaces. We want those challenges not only to resolve positively but to be opportunities for learning and impact. This session provides an opportunity to engage in dialogue, applying listening with understanding and empathy as well as thinking flexibly.  Engage in a structured process known as a tournament review which slows down the thinking process and supports intentional next steps.

What’s Happening in the Hab Lab? The Maker Mindset and Habits of Mind

Carol Flanigan and Andrea Yawman

Our K-2 Hab Lab helps our young learners practice with the Habits of Mind as they create, imagine, and innovate. This session explores the connection between Habits of Mind and the capacities that build a maker mindset. We will use the maker mindset to look closely, explore and “make” each of our own faces and add it to a conference memory book in Canva. If you have a device larger than a phone, please bring it with you to this session.

Folding Habits of Mind into Project Based Learning with Origami

Michelle Daum and Will Salley

This session is designed to provide teachers and site leaders with strategies and resources for folding the 16 Habits of Mind into project based learning. We will investigate how learners and teachers can begin to co-create in efforts to solve complex problems. Participants will explore how habits empower learners to set their personal learning paths to achieve goals and expectations while self-assessing their learning process.

Integrating Habits of Mind with Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

Liz Locatelli

Our classrooms are filled with students with increasingly more diverse needs, strengths, and talents. The beauty of Habits of Mind is that it creates a framework to deepen learning experiences. In this session we will share strategies that build classroom communities in which students are thoughtful, supportive and collaborative as they grow toward achieving the goals of a challenging curriculum.

Empowering Early Childhood Learning Experiences with Habits of Mind

Katherine Stravogiannis and Carolina Croisfelt

In this session, participants will explore the synergy between investigations, exploration, and the transformative power of Habits of Mind  using Reggio-Emilia inspired practices. From cultivating wonder and curiosity to engaging families and nurturing professional development, we  will share practical examples of how this works.

Using Innovative Tools to Grow Habits of Mind: An Action-Research Project at Escola Concept

Priscila Torres and Damian Babel

How can schools leverage research and reflection to inform innovative approaches to teaching and learning? Learn about a school-wide unique professional learning experience that supported classroom and school level educators in year-long action research studies on Habits of Mind. Attendees will explore how school teams design, collect, and analyze research to inform teaching, learning, and educational technology evolution. You will walk away with resources and actionable steps to possibly pursue Habits of Mind action research for formative and summative benefits in your own classroom/school.

Navigating Virtual Spaces: Strategies for Cultivating Social Emotional Intelligence with the 16 Habits of Mind

Pam Sieger

Drawing from the comprehensive framework of the 16 Habits of Mind, this session will provide targeted strategies for enhancing emotional intelligence in digital environments. There will be practical examples of how integrating these habits into online learning experiences, students develop resilience, empathy, and self-awareness. The Habits help to facilitate deeper connections and greater well-being in the virtual classroom.

Hard Data, Soft Skills

Joelle Weaver
In the workshop, you will learn how to build rubrics and proficiency ladders for the Habits of Mind. Using real examples and stories from our New York State Elementary school, you will see how student rubrics, teacher rubrics, report card descriptors and vertical alignment documents for the Habits of Mind can make these critical problem-solving dispositions come alive in our data driven classrooms.

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