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Costa's: Habits of Mind
What is a Habit of Mind?

A Habit of Mind is knowing how to behave intelligently when you DON'T know the answer.

A Habit of Mind means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known: dichotomies, dilemmas, enigmas and uncertainties. Retrieved July 2006 from: http://www.habits-of-mind.net/

The 16 Habits of Mind identified by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick include:

1. Persisting
2. Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
3. Managing impulsivity
4. Gathering data through all senses
5. Listening with understanding and empathy

6. Creating, imagining, innovating
7. Thinking flexibly
8. Responding with wonderment and awe

9. Thinking about thinking (metacognition)
10. Taking responsible risks

11. Striving for accuracy
12. Finding humor
13. Questioning and posing problems
14. Thinking interdependently
15. Applying past knowledge to new situations

16. Remaining open to continuous learning

_ - _ Table adapted from Learning Skills Program: University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
More about Arthur Costa
1. The Institute for Habits of Mind 4. Introducing Habits of Mind to the Classroom: pdf (Australian National Schools Network)
2. The Art Costa Centre for Thinking 5. Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: pdf (ASCD)
3. Costa's Posters _jpg (Art Costa Centre, Singapore) 6. Timeline of Intructional Developments
AskEric "Habits of Mind"
Google Scholar "Habits of Mind"

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