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Habits of Mind

Achieving the Dream Summit March 22, 2013 Jan Connal, Ph.D Roza Ekimyan, Ed.D

Today’s Outcomes
• Understand the importance of Habits of Mind for classrooms, services and campus • Identify what Habits of Mind strategies look like in for classrooms, services and campus • Consider implications for the classroom, service areas and campus wide.

Habits of Mind
“Habits of Mind are the characteristics of what intelligent people do when they are confronted with problems, the resolutions of which are not immediately apparent.” Costa Education is about changing minds. At its most basic level it is about confronting and changing habits of mind.

Why are Habits of Mind Important in College?
It is not enough that we provide • It is not enough that we to information; we want learners teach skills; we want know what to do with that learners to know when to information. exercise those skills.

Mindset Matters
Fixed Mindset Each person has a fixed amount of intelligence.
– Can cause students to view challenges threatening – Can cause students to see mistakes as failures and demoralizing.

Growth Mindset Intelligence is a potential that can be realized through learning.
– Can help students see challenges as roads to gaining intelligence – Can help students develop constructive reactions to setbacks or mistakes

Carol Dweck

Angela Duckworth
“To help chronically low-performing but intelligent students, educators and parents must first recognize that character is at least as important as intellect.”
To succeed, you need GRIT

Angela Duckworth

Where do students struggle the most?
• Choose one Habit of Mind you see students struggling with the most in classrooms, services or on campus.
• Describe what that looks like – how do you know the student has not yet developed the habit of mind?

Sit with 2-4 other people who identified the same Habit of Mind as an area of concern.

What HoM looks like in a Classroom
Habit of Mind: Metacognition (Thinking about your thinking) Classroom Strategy: Self-regulated Learning • Forethought and Planning • Performance Monitoring • Reflection on Performance

What HoM looks like in a Service Area
• Habit of Mind: • Thinking Flexibly
Counseling Services: Student Educational Plan •Planning on completion (Certificate, AA, Transfer) •Understanding the course units to be completed. (Major, general ed., prerequisites and electives)

Student Education Plan
Name: ______________________________ ID# : ________________________________ Name of Transfer University _____________ and for AA Degree __________________ Total Units Required for Transfer or AA Degree_______________ Part 1:
List all of the General Education and Major required courses for transfer for the AA Degree – even if you already completed.
*Class can be used to meet 2 requirements

GE Area

Course & Number



Student Education Plan
Part II: Prerequisite Courses Write your placement score or highest class completed with a C or better for: Math ___________________________ English ___________________________________ Prerequisites Courses Sequence Needed: Prerequisite



Math Other Other

______________________ ______________________ _____________________



____________________ _______________________ ___________________ ______________________

Student Education Plan
Current Semester GE Major Pre-req Elective

Part III: Semester/Session Plan
List courses and the units for the current semester and each of the next 2 semesters or sessions. Check the box(es) to indicate if the courses is Gen Ed. Major, Prerequisite or Elective – it could be more than one.
Course Unit

What HoM looks like across Campus
Habit of Mind: Persistence • Campus-wide messages • Outreach & mentoring • Resources • Professional development • Counseling & coaching • Academic support • Student activities • Scholarships & recognition • Outcomes assessment


Consider the Implications
What are the implications for your campus ? What department, program, course or person could you connect with to help build students’ Habits of Mind?