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Habits of Mind: Responding with wonderment and awe

Posted March 2, 2016

Illustration of the Habit of Mind responding with wonderment and awe “We want students to be curious, to commune with the world around them, to reflect on the changing formations of a cloud, to feel charmed by the opening of a bud, to sense the logical simplicity of mathematical order. Intelligent people find beauty in a sunset, intrigue in the geometric shapes of a spider web, and exhilaration in the iridescence of a hummingbird's wings. They marvel at the congruity and intricacies in the derivation of a mathematical formula, recognize the orderliness and adroitness of a chemical change, and commune with the serenity of a distant constellation. We want students to feel compelled, enthusiastic, and passionate about learning, inquiring, and mastering.” (Arthur L. Costa, 2007) 

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. Common language for this habit includes: wondrous, sensation, amazed, appreciation, marvel, awesome, challenged, exuberant, alive, enthralled and aha!