By James Anderson
This is a unique book. In the context of Habits of Mind there is nothing else like it available – nor is there ever likely to be.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure to sit down with Professor Art Costa and ask him about the Habits of Mind. The topics of conversation ranged widely but included: Where did they come from? What evidence do we have that they are effective? How do the Habits of Mind connect with other ideas? What impacts do you see them having on students, teachers and schools? What does it mean to get better at the Habits of Mind?
This ebook distills those conversations so you can learn about key aspects of the Habits of Mind directly from Art Costa himself.
The videos range in length from 1 minute to 5 or 6 minutes each, for a total of a bit over an hour of Art Costa’s wisdom. The result is that each idea is carefully distilled and communicated in manageable bites.
I also hope that you may use this resource as a “jumping off” platform for further learning. In each chapter I give context to the topics Art Costa will discuss and provide links to further reading, resources and learning opportunities.
In a touching final video, Art Costa describes his “Hidden Agenda” for the Habits of Mind and shines a light on why we should all be helping our children and ourselves, to develop more effective Habits of Mind.
It has been my pleasure to work with the Habits of Mind, both in my own classroom and then more widely as a consultant for well over 10 years now. In that time I have been privileged to work closely with Art Costa on many occasions. I hope that these videos help communicate at least a little of the wisdom that he has shared with me over that time.