Habits of Mind

At Albany Kindergarten

we want our children to develop “Habits of Mind” that lead them to become lifelong learners, effective problem solvers and decision makers, able to communicate with a range of diverse people and to understand how to live successfully in a rapidly changing, technological world.

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:

✎ Persisting

✎ 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.

July 2016

E. E. Cummings wrote that “the world is mud-licious and puddle-wonderful,” Is it?

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Habits of mind|

This week Fran, Sarah G and Molly have been attending a three day course about the importance of the outdoors in children's play and learning. We were interested to also watch on 'story' a piece [...]

March 2016

The Circle of Creativity Being an inventor, testing ideas and seeing how things work?

March 18th, 2016|Categories: Habits of mind|

Have you ever felt the frustration when something just keeps breaking no matter how much time, money or energy you spend on it? Our sellotape dispensers are always breaking or loosing parts. This week at [...]

June 2015

It’s a Wrap – Celebrating the Idea of a Litterless Lunch

June 17th, 2015|Categories: Empowering children, Enviroschools, Habits of mind, Learning for sustainability, Participating and contributing, Sustainable communities|Tags: |

    Today we explored the idea of a litterless lunchbox. A litterless lunch encompasses the principle of ‘not creating waste’. Here at Albany Kindergarten minimising our waste practices is something which we [...]

Not Just a Beautiful Question… But a Prerequisite for Learning…

June 10th, 2015|Categories: Habits of mind, Key Competencies|

Have you ever stopped and wondered just where all those questions came from that children ask? They are endless...(my mum use to say that mine where like a broken record. Truth is they still are!) [...]

May 2014

“Habits of Mind”

May 26th, 2014|Categories: Habits of mind|

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 [...]

November 2013

The Art of Giving…

November 14th, 2013|Categories: Empowering children, Habits of mind, Key Competencies, Learning for sustainability, Participating and contributing, Paying it forward, Relating to others|

The notion of gift giving is something which we see embedded in our ‘culture of learning’ here at Albany Kindergarten. Gift giving offers children a way of exploring ideas around love, friendship and making special [...]