Habits of Mind
At The MJS, we believe strongly that one of the keys to success is the building of good habits. Habits are powerful, they can lead us to be great thinkers, great leaders and to keep on learning but habits can also be destructive – when we get into bad habits we often struggle to change our mindset. For any habit to become a habit repetition is key-we must provide opportunities for learners to practise the process of good habit forming and to reflect on the habits that they are creating.
The research done by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, on The 16 Habits of Mind, is developing our understanding of how we can embed positive habits across the curriculum for learners. These 16 habits are designed as a set of behaviours that help learners change and form positive habits for lifelong learning and success. They cover habits such as interdependence, flexible thinking and perseverance – the type of skills we all need to be successful in life. These habits tap into the skills we also need to be successful learners, the ability to revise even though we might not want to, the need to check and change work as you go and the ability to think about your thinking and how it happens.
The MFG promotes the benefits of positive habit learning throughout lessons, form time and staff training so that students and staff internalise them and are able to live and learn well in a complex world.
If you want to learn more about habits, two books you could read are:
Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick : Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum
Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit