Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind


        All of us have the ablitly you be intellegent. How do people that are successful become successful? They have habits that they have to practice and some that come natually. I have listed the "Habits of Mind" that make one sucessful!

      Managing impulsivity: Controlling your behavior.   

Goal-directed, self-imposed delay of gratification is perhaps the essence of emotional self-regulation: the ability to deny impulse in the service of a  goal, whether it be building a business, solving an algebraic equation, or pursuing the Stanley Cup.


Persistance: Never give up!! 

  Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they never quit.


Stiving For Accuracy: Always trying your very best. 

   A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.


Thinking Flexably:  Knowing many ways to solve a problem.

Of all forms of mental activity, the most difficult to induce even in the minds of the young, who may be presumed not to have lost their flexibility, is the art of handling the same bundle of data as before, but placing them in a new system of relations with one another by giving them a different framework, all of which virtually means putting on a different kind of thinking-cap for the moment. It is easy to teach anybody a new fact. … but it needs light from heaven above to enable a teacher to break the old framework in which the student is accustomed to seeing.


Thinking about Thinking: What was the process that your brain went through to figure out a solution?

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.


Listening with Understanding and Empathy: Listening with your hearts as well as your ears.

Listening is the beginning of understanding. … Wisdom is the reward for a lifetime of listening. Let the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance.


Questioning and posing Problems:  looking for answers.

The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. … To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances.


Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations:  Taking what you know and using it in a new way.

Intelligent humans learn from experience.


Thinking and communicating with clarity and percision:  Making sure your thoughts get communicating well.

Language refinement plays a critical role in enhancing a person's cognitive maps and ability to think critically, which is the knowledge base for efficacious action. Enriching the complexity and specificity of language simultaneously produces effective thinking.


Gathering Data through all senses: Use all your senses when leaning about things and exploring material.

intelligent people know that all information gets into the brain through sensory pathways: gustatory, olfactory, tactile, kinesthetic, auditory, and visual. Most linguistic, cultural, and physical learning is derived from the environment by observing or taking it in through the senses.


Creating, imagining and innovating:  Experimentation, search and create

Creative people are open to criticism. They hold up their products for others to judge, and they seek feedback in an ever-increasing effort to refine their technique. They are uneasy with the status quo. They constantly strive for greater fluency, elaboration, novelty, parsimony, simplicity, craftsmanship, perfection, beauty, harmony, and balance.


Responding with wonderment and awe: Excitingment about gaining new knowledge.

We want students to be curious, to commune with the world around them, to reflect on the changing formations of a cloud, to feel charmed by the opening of a bud, to sense the logical simplicity of mathematical order. Intelligent people find beauty in a sunset, intrigue in the geometric shapes of a spider web, and exhilaration in the iridescence of a hummingbird's wings. They marvel at the congruity and intricacies in the derivation of a mathematical formula, recognize the orderliness and adroitness of a chemical change, and commune with the serenity of a distant constellation. We want students to feel compelled, enthusiastic, and passionate about learning, inquiring, and mastering


Taking Responsible Risks: Don't be afraid to try new things.

Risk takers seem to have an almost uncontrollable urge to go beyond established limits. They are uneasy about comfort; they live on the edge of their competence. They seem compelled to place themselves in situations in which they do not know what the outcome will be.


Finding Humor: Laugh, laugh, laugh!!!

You can increase your brain power three to fivefold simply by laughing and having fun before working on a problem.


Thinking Interdependently: Working with others

Humans are social beings. We congregate in groups, find it therapeutic to be listened to, draw energy from one another, and seek reciprocity. In groups we contribute our time and energy to tasks that we would quickly tire of when working alone.


Remaining Open to Continuous Learning:  Never stop learning new things!!

In a world that moves at warp speed, there is more to know today than ever before, and the challenge of knowing more and more in every succeeding day, week, month, and year ahead will only continue to expand exponentially. The quest for meaningful knowledge is critical and never ending.



The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you

                                          -BB King