The “Habits of Mind” were originally derived by Art Costa, a Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento.
Costa describes the “Habits of Mind” as patterns of thinking and behaving in intelligent ways and they are most evident when children are challenged to solve problems.
Creating, Imagining and Innovating
Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
Listening with Understanding and Empathy
Responding with Wonderment and Awe
Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
Gathering Data Through All the Senses
There are 16 “Habits of Mind”. As teachers, we notice and recognise these Habits of Mind and respond to them to ensure we delve more deeply, and discover more about the characteristics that our children demonstrate when they are actively engaged in thinking and learning. You may notice the little Habit of Mind icons in children’s learning stories as we highlight individual particular learning dispositions.
The Habits of Mind:
✎ Managing Impulsivity
✎ Listening with Understanding and Empathy
✎ Thinking Flexibly
✎ Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
✎ Striving for Accuracy and Precision
✎ Questioning and Posing Problems
✎ Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
✎ Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
✎ Gathering Data Through All the Senses
✎ Creating, Imagining and Innovating
✎ Responding with Wonderment and Awe
✎ Taking Responsible Risks
✎ Finding Humour
✎ Thinking Interdependently
✎ Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
The Habits of Mind give learners of all ages, and at all stages, a framework for autonomous, lifelong learning. They show us how to behave intelligently, Independently and reflectively.