Habits of Mind
Interviews with Bena Kallick
Habits of Mind Overview
Bena discusses how the 16 Habits are a set of dispositions and attitudes that each person has for being a successful learner in the world, with each Habit growing and maturing over time, while giving educators practical and applicable tips to begin implementing the Habits in their school or classroom. Kallick is the co-director for the Institute for Habits of Mind, Chief Academic Officer for Eduplanet21, educational consultant, and co-author of the Habits of Mind Series with Arthur L. Costa. Bena was kind enough to provide the Habits of Mind chart and article as discussed in the interview which you can find below.
Habits of Mind in the Elementary Classroom
The Big Idea of Habits of Mind is to get students to be aware and understand how important Habits of Mind are to their success as learners, thinkers, and beyond. Bena Kallick discusses the 16 Habits of Mind in the Elementary Classroom, explaining how educators can begin implementing the Habits of Mind by starting a little at a time. Instead of trying to tackle all 16 Habits, start with one or two you believe would be important for your students to know and work on. Gradually, you’ll find that as you focus on a handful of Habits, you begin to be aware of more naturally.
Habits of Mind in the Secondary Classroom
In the last of her series of 3 interviews, Bena Kallick discusses the Habits of Mind in the Secondary Classroom. Secondary learners need the Habits of Mind desperately as they begin learning and preparing for life beyond school. As educators focus on content and preparing students for standardized tests, Bena brings into focus the importance of Habits of Mind amongst all the test prep: “In addition to preparing kids for tests, we also need to prepare them for the tests of life.”