Habits of Mind across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers

Habits of Mind across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers

Habits of Mind across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers

Habits of Mind across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers

Synopsis

Distinguished educators Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick present this collection of stories by educators around the world who have successfully implemented the habits in their day-to-day teaching in K-12 classrooms. The collective wisdom and experience of these thoughtful practitioners provide readers with insight into the transdisciplinary nature of the 16 Habits of Mind--intelligent behaviors that lead to success in school and the larger world--as well as model lessons and suggestions for weaving the habits into daily instruction in language arts, music, physical education, social studies, math, foreign language, and other content areas. Readers will come to understand that, far from an "add-on" to the curriculum, the habits are an essential element for helping students at all grade levels successfully deal with the challenges they face in school and beyond.

As in all their books on the Habits of Mind, Costa and Kallick have a broad and worthwhile goal in mind. As they say in the concluding chapter of this volume, "If we want a future that is much more thoughtful, vastly more cooperative, greatly more compassionate, and a whole lot more loving, then we have to invent it. That future is in our homes, schools, and classrooms today. The Habits of Mind are the tools we all can use to invent our desired vision of the future."

Excerpt

The story—from Rumpelstiltskin to War and Peace—is one of the
basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of under
standing. There have been great societies that did not use the
wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.

—Ursula K. Le Guin

The network of teachers and schools that are practicing the Habits of Mind increases daily. We hear from teachers from all over the world, including teachers in formalized networks in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Hong Kong, and England, and in informal networks in the United States. Our Web site has been a place of exchange for many of these educators who share our vision of a fundamental set of behaviors for thoughtful teaching and learning.

The stories in this book mark a place in the ongoing narrative of changing classrooms into thoughtful places. As teachers describe their ways of introducing and sustaining the Habits of Mind, they are providing a vision of what is possible at a time when we too easily forget that the real purpose of education is to create a critical, discerning, and creative citizenship for the future of democracy.

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