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 as a school leader, I was […]

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 schools, the results have been profound. […]

How to Coach for Thinking, Not Imitation

  By Bena Kallick, Art Costa, and Allison Zmuda Coaching to develop skills is different from coaching for thinking. When you coach students to build skill development, the expectation is that they will be learning by imitation. However, when you coach learning that requires deeper, strategic thinking, then your purpose is to ask the kind […]

Curriculum Triage: How do we manage the instructional challenge right now?

  By Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda Stories are pouring in from all over the world — each rich with curricular ideas that resonate not only for the moment but also for the future. This is a time when our dispositions really matter. Each of these contributions shows how the authors are thinking flexibly and […]

When Teachers Become Solutions to The Problems Schools Face

  By Thomas R. Feller, Jr., Ashley Smith and Lauren Bowers John Hattie wrote “the greatest effects on student learning occur when teachers become learners of their own teaching, and when students become their own teachers” (emphasis ours) (Hattie, 2012). Based on our combined 50+ years experience in multiple districts and states, as well as […]

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 […]

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