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Habits of Mind: Creating, imagining and innovating

Posted Feb. 17, 2016

Illustration of the habit of mind creating imagining and innovating The Habits of Mind work continues to be exciting and powerful. Perhaps the most exciting is to hear the common language being used consistently throughout the school in all grades and content areas. To hear a primary age student say things such as "I just persevered" or "I can look at that from a different angle and I respectfully disagree" warms the hearts of staff. This week we begin our discussions about “creating, imagining and innovating.” Although not new concepts for our Riverdale students, we look forward to moving forward the ideas globally. 

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. 

Students who embody this habit of mind take risks to try things in different ways, generate new ideas and be unique and original. This we encourage. Creativity is a complex, multi-faceted process that can be developed and sharpened because it is a factor of nurture as well as nature. 

Our own habits are what often keep us from being more creative. The more you follow the script, the less you can improvise. Even breaking little habits can shake up the system enough to allow new connections to happen and new points of view to form. We encourage students to consciously seek out what they have not sought out before and to be open to new experiences and new sources of information. Common language for this habit includes: brainstorm, imaginative, inventive, productive and unique. 

We encourage the following discussion points:

  • What did you create today?
  • Tell me more about the Habit of Mind this week. 
  • Describe what creating, innovating and imagining means in your class(es).