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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Habits of the Mind

I came across this quote a few days ago and it brought me back to Costa's work with habits of the mind.  

"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led."    by Warren G. Benni

I had the honor of working with Costa years ago in Loudoun County, Virginia when he was still developing his concepts.  He impressed me as a quiet man, with a self-effacing demeanor who emanated a powerful energy based on his belief in mankind and its potential.  One of the strongest  beliefs he holds deals with IQ.  From his point of view, IQ is not genetically based, but a learned approach to life.  My experience has proved this to be true.

This quote voices his belief - although he is not the author - and makes us question other myths that exist in our society.

I am using this post to provide readers with some links to Costa's work, hoping that readers will consider the habits and their potential for students everywhere.

Following is some information  on the availability of Costa's work.
 Meet the "Habits of Mind" Series Authors on
Many teachers struggle not with content but with a student's attitude toward learning. That's why Art Costa and Bena Kallick, authors of the "Habits of Mind" book series, describe how to teach students to develop attitudes and dispositions of successful problem-solvers and effective learners. In new video segments on, the authors explain what "habits of mind" are and how 21st-century learning depends on students not only learning the curriculum, but also discovering the best avenues for effective learning.

I have also included a link to information on habits of the mind in elementary school.

Developing Habits of Mind in Elementary Schools: An ASCD Action Tool
"Habits of Mind" are thoughtful behaviors that allow us to cope with a complex and rapidly changing world. ASCD's new action tool, "Developing Habits of Mind in Elementary Schools" provides a series of tools, based on ASCD's groundbreaking "Habits of Mind" series, to help elementary-school teachers plan lessons and classroom activities that teach students thoughtful behaviors and promote successful learning in the classroom and beyond.

  I know many of the habits are taught in American International Schools through the International Baccalaureate.

Is anyone using the habits with their students?

Let us know what you think.

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