What are the Habits of Mind?
The Habits of Mind are a set of 16 thinking skills that intelligent thinkers use to solve problems in which the answer is unknown.  Created by Arthur Costa & Bena Kallick, these thinking skills or habits, are present in the best decision makers. Learn more at habitsofmindinstitute.org


The 16 Habits of Mind (click to enlarge)

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01. Persisting

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

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02. Managing Impulsivity

Habits of Mind Animations: Managing Impulsivity - VIDEO


03. Listening With Understanding and Empathy

Leaders: 8 Steps to Be a Mindful Listener

Learn the invaluable trick great leaders use to manage difficult conversations

3 ways to be a better digital citizen, online and IRL

Communicating - Speak Up Please

How to Be a Better Listener

Valerie Smith of Swarthmore College on Listening Before You Lead


04. Thinking Flexibly

How to Assess Problem-Solving Skills in Math (Grades K-2) - BOOK

The Power of Listening - Resource Website


05. Thinking About Thinking (Metacognition)

Habits of Mind Animations: Thinking About Your Thinking - VIDEO


06. Striving For Accuracy

Fires in the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us About Motivation and Mastery - BOOK


07. Questioning and Posing Problems

Question-Asking: A Few Experiences

Blended Learning - It is the Questions That Matter

Five Strategies for Questioning with Intention

How to Bring 'More Beautiful' Questions Back to School

Case Study for Inclusion Using Questioning & Problem Posing: My Not Impossible Dream

Embrace Curiosity: 4 Ways Questioning Makes You A Better Leader

How Brainstorming Questions, Not Ideas, Sparks Creativity

Harvard Medical School Curriculum - Teaching For Deeper Understanding and Learning through Practice As They Develop Their Questioning and Problem Posing - VIDEO

Dean James Ryan's 5 Essential Questions In Life - VIDEO

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves


08. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

Habits of Mind Animations: Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations - VIDEO


09. Thinking and Communicating With Clarity and Precision

This Courageous Teacher is Communicating with Clarity and Precision! Why I Did it: The 'No Homework' Letter


10. Gathering Data through All Senses

Habits of Mind Animations: Gathering Data Through All Senses - VIDEO


11. Creating, Imagining, Innovating

Curiosity Will Drive the next Disruptive Innovation

The 2013 Grand Prize Winner of HOM International Video Film Contest - VIDEO

We Teach Who We Are: Creativity in the Lives and Practices of Accomplished Teachers

How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity

What Humans Do Best: Create, Innovate, Imagine - The New Romantics in the Computer Age


12. Responding With Wonderment and Awe

What Children Know That Adults Don't: Celebrating the Magic of Childhood


13. Taking Responsible Risks

Caine's Arcade 2: From a Movie to a Movement - VIDEO

What do we really mean by risk taking in the classroom?


14. Finding Humor

Habits of Mind Animations: Finding Humor - VIDEO


15. Thinking Interdependently

Ideas on Creating a Collaborative Learning Culture Among Your School's Teachers

The Power of the Social Brain: Teaching, Learning, and Interdependent Thinking - BOOK


16. Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class

Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers - BOOK