Success with Habits of Mind: Three Important Lessons

  By James Anderson   What have I learnt over the past 20 years working with Habits of Mind? In the early days, as I worked with hundreds of schools around Australia, it became clear that although schools could easily see the potential of the Habits of Mind, not all of them could translate and […]

Why Habits of Mind and Special Education?

  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 students with a learning disability […]

Is 16 Habits Too Many?

  By Nick Bruski, first in a series. In an educational landscape of rigorous Common Core Standards, NGSS, new curricula, mindfulness, and a never­ending stream of local initiatives, one might ask, “where the heck do I find time to teach Habits of Mind, and how in the heck am I going to get to all […]

Creating a Symbolic Heart for the Habits of Mind on Your Campus

  By Nick Bruski, second in a series. Ron Ritchhart of Harvard University says that everything you do sends messages about what you value. As you begin to think about the Habits of Mind and your environment, a community should ask itself, “What messages are we sending?” and “What messages do we want to send?” […]

When Communities are Struck by Disaster, Habits of Mind are More Important than Ever

  By Dr. Nick Bruski, Principal at Montecito Union School. Third in a series. Ignited in December of 2017,  the largest wildfire in California history ravaged nearly 300,000 acres of hillsides and homes, leaving a charred and barren landscape. This damage, combined with incredibly intense rainfalls in the early morning hours of January 9th, caused […]