Students Notes: Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind

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Managing Impulsivity -Problem solvers develop strategy, take time to a solve
-Other students would blurt out the answer and don’t consider any other answer
-Highly educated students outperform impulsive peers in report cards, SATs,
admissions to competitive high schools and attendance

Listening with -Psychologists believe that listening to someone else is a form of intelligence
Understanding and -Demonstrating empathy and understanding for an idea is giving examples and
Empathy building upon it

Remaining open to -Intelligent people are in a continuous learning mode
Continuous Learning -Need creative students and people who are eager to learn
-Habit of mind includes the humility of knowing that we don’t know

The Right Stuff “Although every human brain is able to generate self-reflective consciousness, not
everyone seems to use it equality.”
-The goal of education should be to support others in developing the habits of mind
Force directing us toward increasingly authentic, congruent, and ethical behavior

Thinking Flexibly Perceptual Positions
- Macrocentric- useful for discerning themes and patterns from
assortments of information.
- Microcentric- involves logic, analytical and computation. Requires
attention to detail and precision
Developed sense of humor envision a range of consequences, can develop options
and alternatives, work within rules and shift through multiple perceptual positions

Persisting -Collect evidence to indicate problem solving strategies
-Don’t give up and develop new structures/ retry
-Normal students normally give up

Learning Outcomes -Develop a critical stance
-Effective thinkers have certain characteristics skills- cues, past experiences,
proclivities

Striving for Accuracy -Always desire perfection
-Assure that the finished product meets criteria
-Check their work and actually want to learn

Questioning and -Effective questioners ask questions on the alternative point of view
Pacing Problems -Vary in purpose structure and complexity
-Simple questions can create maximum results

Thinking about Metacognition- the ability to examine our own thoughts while we engage with them
Thinking - Our ability to strategize to produce info that is needed and to be
conscious of our own steps and strategies during the act of problem solving
- Students often don’t take time to wonder why they are doing what they
are doing when solving a problem (have problems making decisions)

Gathering Data -The more they know about the subject the more interconnection there is
Through All Senses -More opportunities to pull out important bits of data
-They know how to operate within a narrow range of sensor problem-solving
strategies

Creating Ima-gining -Creative people take risks and frequently push the boundaries of their perceived
limits
-Born that way due to genetics
-Try to conceive solutions through problems differently

Applying Post -Will remember past experiences and use that to help solve a current problem
Knowledge to New -Learn from experience
Situations “Episodic grasp of reality” means that each experience is kept separate from one
another

Thinking and -If you work hard it show
Communicating with -Thinkers support their statements with evidence and explanation
Clarity and Reasoning -Language refinement tends to play a big role in enhancing a person’s cognitive map
-Intelligent people strive to communicate accurately in both written and oral form

Finding Humor -Laughing has positive effects on psychological functions
-Liberates creativity and provides higher level thinking skills
-Difference between laughing at someone vs. laughing with someone

Thinking -People who work in groups tend to achieve more
Independently -Humans are naturally social beings
-Being social creates an open mind set

Reflection: As students grow up, they develop different skills based on how they were taught and based on the
people around each student. Listening with understanding and empathy for example is very important when it
comes to listening to your teacher and other students. The ability to extract information is key for a student's
understanding so they can use that information to provide other examples and being able to build upon it.
These same students should be able to enjoy the subject and not just be there for the ride. They should find
humor in most of the activities that they do or it will start to grow into more of a tedious problem. This
enjoyment brings creativity and provides for a new way of learning. Beginning to listen and find humor is a
positive mindset that helps develop the academic skills for all students.