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Habits of Mind

At Olander - we utilize the "Habits of Mind" not only through project based learning, but also in our everyday teaching and learning.

Habits of Mind as Learning Outcomes

Educational outcomes in traditional settings focus on how many answers a student knows. When we teach for the Habits of Mind, we are interested also in how students behave when they don't know an answer. The Habits of Mind are performed in response to questions and problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. We are interested in enhancing the ways students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it. We want students to learn how to develop a critical stance with their work: inquiring, editing, thinking flexibly, and learning from another person's perspective. The critical attribute of intelligent human beings is not only having information but also knowing how to act on it.

The 14 Habits of Mind Are:

Applying Past Knowledge:  Use what you learn!  Good problem solvers use past experiences and what they've learned to solve problems.

Creating, Imagining, and Innovating:   Try a different way!  Good problem solvers are able to come up with clever, creative, and unique solutions to problems or questions.

Finding Humor:  Laugh a little!  Good problem solvers find joy in the process and can laugh at themselves, even in difficult situations.

Gathering Data Through all Senses: Use your natural pathways! Good problem solvers observe the environment and use all of their senses to gain information.

Learning Continuously:  Know there is so much more to learn! Good problem solvers are always learning, growing, and trying to improve themselves.

Listening with Understanding and Empathy: Understand Others! Good problem solvers listen with their eyes, ears, and hearts.

Managing Impulsivity: Take your time! Good problem solvers think before they act and consider the consequences of their actions.

Persisting: Stay with a task until it's done! Good problem solvers stick to a task and don't give up easily, even when it is difficult.

Questioning and Posing Problems: How do you know?  Good problem solvers know how to ask a variety of questions to fill in the gaps between what they know and what they don't know.

Responding with Wonderment and Awe:  Take time to notice!  Good problem solvers find joy in their work, enjoy figuring things out, and continue learning throughout their lifetime.

Striving for Accuracy and Precision: Check it again! Good problem solvers take time to check over their assignments, to produce quality work, and meet project expectations.

Taking Responsible Risks: Venture out!  Good problem solvers are willing to take chances and challenge themselves to try new things.

Think Flexibly:  Look at it another way! Good problem solvers see a variety of solutions and are open to new and different ideas.

Think Interdependently:  Work together! Good problem solvers realize that when they work together they are more powerful than any one individual.