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  • Habits of Mind: Questioning and posing problems

    One of the distinguishing characteristics of humans is our inclination and ability to find problems to solve. Effective problem solvers know how to ask questions to fill in the gaps between what they know and what they don't know. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Metacognition (Thinking about thinking)

    Metacognition is our ability to know what we know and what we don't know. It is our ability to plan a strategy for producing the information that is needed, to be conscious of our own steps and strategies during the act of problem solving, and to reflect on and evaluate the productiveness of our own thinking. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Applying past knowledge to new situations

    What does this look like? When confronted with a new and perplexing problem, people who have honed this habit will draw forth experiences from their past. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

    A recent blog post by Growth Mindset Trainer James Anderson really boils it down in a way we think will be meaningful for you. The basic gist? A Growth Mindset “is not growth itself. It’s an invitation to grow. It’s an understanding that growth is possible.” And this, he says, has an enormous impact on our motivations and actions.

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  • Habits of Mind: Thinking Flexibly

    Thinking flexibly means acting with forethought and deliberation. Flexible people have the capacity to change their minds as they receive additional data. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Gathering data through all senses

    November marks our first month-long habit: Gathering data through all senses. Most linguistic, cultural and physical learning is derived from the environment by observing or taking it in through the five senses. The more regions of the brain that store data about a subject, the more interconnection there is. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Creating, imagining and innovating

    Creating brings new ideas, concepts or ways that could solve a problem. Innovating allows students to invent a tool, equipment or a method that can solve an existing situation or problem. Imagining gives students the permission to form their own idea or picture of something within their thoughts. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Responding with wonderment and awe

    Students who exhibit this habit see things in a different way, take the time to appreciate how incredible the world and everything in it is, and are open to the mysteries of life and the amazing things that nature and man have created. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Taking responsible risks

    Responsible risk takers take educated risks, drawing on past knowledge, having a well-trained sense of what is appropriate and thinking about consequences. By holding back from taking risks, students miss opportunities. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Finding humor

    Scientists have found that laughing has positive effects on both physiological and psychological functions. Additionally, laughter releases creativity and provokes higher-level thinking skills, such as anticipating, finding novel relationships, visual imaging and making analogies. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Thinking interdependently

    Thinking interdependently is an important habit to develop in students for a variety of reasons. Negotiating relationships and adjusting to different personalities is an important real-world emotional intelligence that will be rewarded. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Remaining open to continuous learning

    Remaining open to continuous learning is the final Habit of Mind we are studying this year, tying closely to our focus on instilling a Growth Mindset in each of our students. Learn more about this habit.

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  • Habits of Mind: Listening with empathy and understanding

    We want students to learn to suspend their own values, judgments, opinions and prejudices so they can listen to and entertain another person's thoughts. Click to view a few helpful resources for parents in understanding and fostering this habit in their children.

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  • Habits of Mind: Help students strive for accuracy

    People who value truthfulness, accuracy, precision, and craftsmanship take time to check over their products. Watch a video illustrating "striving for accuracy."

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  • Habits of Mind: ‘Persisting’ as a core habit

    Successful people stick to a task until it is completed. They don't give up easily. Watch a video illustrating "persisting."

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  • Habits of Mind: Starting with “managing impulsivity”

    Effective problem solvers are deliberate: they think before they act. Watch a video illustrating "managing impulsivity."

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