Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind are one's patterns of thinking and acting over time and in a range of situations.

Ideally, one’s habits of mind contribute to one’s own best interests while respecting the rights of other. Positive habits of mind are not simple rules or skills but often require considerable insight, astute judgement, resilience, courage, tenacity….leading to ongoing success and well-being. In a sense they are one’s personal systems for dealing with one’s self in the world. As such they are likely to contain ones real values.

For example, You Can Do It!! proposes several positive habits of mind, including..."
  • Accepting Myself
  • Taking Risks
  • Being Independent
  • Giving Effort
  • Working Tough
  • Setting Goals
  • … and more

You Can Do It!! also provides a set of intended outcome that would flow from their set of habits of mind:
  • Confidence: academic & social 
  • Persistence
  • Organisation
  • Getting Along
  • Resilience
And there are others too like
  • Optimism
  • Happiness
  • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
  • Focusing on solutions (rather than problems)
  • Managing impulsivity
  • Gathering data through all senses
  • Listening with understanding and empathy
  • Creating, imagining and innovation
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Responding with wonderment and awe
  • Thinking about thinking (metacognition)
  • Taking responsible risks
  • Striving for accuracy
  • Finding humour
  • Questioning and posing problems
  • Thinking independently
  • Applying past knowledge
  • Remaining open to continuous learning
  • ...

Note:You Can Do It!! also elaborates a matching set of unhelpful habits of mind - well worth considering in relation to many children. While there behaviour may be problematic to us (while they are with us) their habits of mind may be problematic to them and they take their habits of mind with them almost everywhere they go.

For a more scholarly list, see also Wikipedia

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