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 of a larger regional project […]

16 Habits of Mind Fostering Successful Language Learning

  by Keith Mason How can the Habits of Mind help foster language learning? The Habits of Mind framework, a series of 16 problem-solving strategies, can help an individual throughout life. Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick have been promoting the Habits of Mind through books, articles, seminars and online venues. Developing Habits of Mind […]

Managing Impulsivity

  By Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick Co-Founders, Institute for Habits of Mind “The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.” Marya Mannes Do you ever find yourself just blurting out what comes to mind? After you say it, do you regret it? Do you find […]

Metacognition: Monitoring Your Thinking

  By Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick “When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself” Plato Game play can be a great time to strengthen your mind. Most games require strategic thinking. The problem is posed; the solution has multiple possibilities; the aim is to strategically either get to the direction most […]

Thinking Flexibly

  By Arthur L. Costa, Ed.D and Bena Kallick Ph.D. “Change is the new normal: no industry is standing still these days, and this means that the innovation challenges we face are also constantly changing.” —Adam Richardson, creative director at Frog Design Do you ever find yourself fixed in your way of looking at a […]

Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

  By Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick “All of the top achievers I know are lifelong learners… looking for new skills, insights and ideas. If they’re not learning, they’re not growing…not moving toward excellence.” Denis Waitley Successful people are in a continuous learning mode. Their confidence, in combination with their curiosity allows them to […]

Thinking Interdependently

  By Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick “Getting along well with other people is still the world’s most needed skill. With it…there is no limit to what a person can do. We need people, we need the cooperation of others. There is very little we can do alone” Earl Nightingale Did you know that […]

Building Community with the Habits of Mind

  Daniel Vollrath (@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, with a strong passion for developing curriculum, classroom culture, and mindfulness based on the Habits of Mind. Over the past five years, Daniel has […]

School Transformation in the 21st Century

  by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick There is a gap between what is claimed as values for 21st Century educational essentials and what we value in our assessments of teachers, students, schools and even our nation’s educational systems. As we examine the many lists of desired skills and competencies to prepare our future […]