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Habits of Mind: MCL National Summit 2016

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Elizabeth Firnkes

on 25 April 2017

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Transcript of Habits of Mind: MCL National Summit 2016

Take a Look!
For an Example...
Habits of Mind
Understanding the Bridge
The MCCL Habits of Mind
Building Common Language and Establishing Classroom Practices

Elizabeth Firnkes
Auburn School Department
Amanda Gallant
The Maine Cohort for Customized Learning:
Amanda Gallant
Elizabeth Firnkes
Classroom Applications
and System-Wide Policy
Cornville Regional Charter School
How are the Habits of Mind a part of everything we do?
The Language of the Habits of Mind
Establishes a classroom climate where all learners can feel successful.
Building a Vision Statement and a Code of Cooperation with the Habits in mind
School-wide Focus:
* Consistent Language
* Core Value Cards and Announcements
* Student of the Month

Classroom Focus:
* Morning Meetings with Morning Messages that highlight Habits of Mind
* Introduce targets using videos and picture books.
* Journal Reflections
* Monitor Progress

Learning the Language
Increasing Alertness
Adding key words to the class word wall while we are unpacking the habits helps us use the words more regularly.
Expanding Capacities
Exploring Meanings
* Journal Reflections
* Literature Discussions

Developing Appreciation
Building Commitment
Many teachers find
using short videos are
helpful in Creating
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
Responding to Feedback
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
Unpacking the HoM
with younger learners
Easy incorporation
of the learning goal,
thinking skill, and habit.
Denyell Suomi
Unpacking the Learning Goal
for Young Learners
© Maine Cohort for Customized Learning
Quick &
Year 1-School wide schedule
Year 2-Explicit teaching of the habits on Friday Mornings, Learning coach check-ins
Incorporation of the habits into our everyday practices, morning meetings
Tried to hit every habit school wide...Not enough time to learn the language and own it
Explicit teaching of
the habits, younger

Work smarter, not

It doesn't always have
to be fancy
Learners Tracking Progress
Start the year teaching and learning about growth mindset. You'll be amazed at the transformation that can occur with your learners.
What are Habits of Mind?
They are characteristics that
people should use when confronted with problems and situations
that arise in their lives.
A Quick Look at Empower:
Example of an HOM Activity in Empower
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