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, giving educators real-life examples of elementary schools and classrooms who have successfully integrated the Habits of Mind, along with quick tips to begin implementing on both a small and large scale. 

One of the important aspects of implementing the Habits of Mind is having a good understanding of them before you begin. As a Professional Learning tool, Bena has created a series of online learning modules for educators to gain a better awareness of the Habits of Mind while learning at their own pace. You can learn more about the Habits of Mind Online Learning Paths here.

Bena also explains that 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 1 or 2 that 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. Educators can also hone in on the Habits in the Elementary Classroom with Bena Kallick and Art Costas new book Nurturing Habits of Mind in Early Childhood Classrooms: Success Stores from Classrooms Around the World, published by ASCD, or download their free Habits of Mind Chart and article below. 

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