Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind

Personalized learning with Habits of Mind create a pathway to learning that:

  • drives, motivates, and activates our intellectual capacities
  • sparks innovation and imagination
  • empowers students to take responsible risks on behalf of their own passions and aspirations

In weaving together these two significant bodies of educational knowledge, theory, and practice, we present a holistic model for learning that embraces a reflection of our curious and extraordinary human nature.

Habits of Mind Resources

The Institute for Habits of Mind was co-founded by Bena Kallick and Art Costa as a way to transform schools into learning communities where thinking and Habits of Mind are taught, practiced, valued and infused into the culture. To learn more about the Habits of Mind and take advantage of great resources visit habitsofmindinstitute.org.

Paying Attention to Life Skills as Part of Regular Instructional Practice

Zoe Zmuda -- a sophomore in high school -- created this YouTube video as a culminating artifact to reflect on...
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Paying Attention to Life Skills as Part of Regular Instructional Practice

Small Wins for Every Learner

Let’s be real. One of the hardest things for people to do is build a new habit. It takes commitment,...
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Small Wins for Every Learner

Walking the Talk: How Leaders Grow a Personalized School Culture

Let’s engage in a storytelling challenge. What were some of your most powerful learning moments as an educator so far?...
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Walking the Talk: How Leaders Grow a Personalized School Culture

Interview with Phil Muscott

Phil Muscott is head of school in Cambodia. He has been working with Understanding by Design and Habits of Mind...
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Interview with Phil Muscott

Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind – Content

Learning Personalized features a variety of content that highlights personalized learning with Habits of Mind. Read through some of these blog posts featuring content from Bena Kallick, Art Costa, Alison Zmuda, and more.

Paying Attention to Life Skills as Part of Regular Instructional Practice

Zoe Zmuda -- a sophomore in high school -- created this YouTube video as a culminating artifact to reflect on how education leaders (from classroom to consultant) pay attention to life skills as part of regular instructional practice. Points discussed within the video: the many types of life skills that should be fostered from an early age why these skills are crucial for students and later in life, and how they correspond to Habits of Mind...

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Small Wins for Every Learner

Let’s be real. One of the hardest things for people to do is build a new habit. It takes commitment, focus, drive, and a constant reminder or way to trigger that action. In the learning environment, deliberately using the Habits of Mind with our students help them to respond intelligently and empathically when confronted with problem situations, conflicts, and uncertainties the resolution to which are not immediately apparent. For students with learning disabilities, habits of...

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Walking the Talk: How Leaders Grow a Personalized School Culture

Let’s engage in a storytelling challenge. What were some of your most powerful learning moments as an educator so far? What did you see in these stories? What are the patterns? What were the feelings expressed as you shared your stories? What can we learn from this storytelling challenge that might help us envision this next school year? The stories you tell help to build the culture you create and it all begins with personalizing...

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Interview with Phil Muscott

Phil Muscott is head of school in Cambodia. He has been working with Understanding by Design and Habits of Mind for a number of years. He became so intrigued with the work that he designed a research study to see how effective this work has been for students. He is an enthusiastic educator, as you will see from his interview. And his students are enthusiastic about their work, as you will see in their interview....

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Requisite Dispositions For Educators Who Are Committing To Personalized Learning

By Arthur Costa, Bena Kallick, and Allison Zmuda The true goal of personalized learning is for every learner to become increasingly comfortable with self-direction as they engage in interesting, relevant, rigorous, and important work regardless of age, past successes, and failures. When we provide the pedagogical conditions to personalize learning, the Habits of Mind serve as a set of foundational dispositions to grow effective thinking. Often, we focus on what students need to develop in...

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Four Attributes To Grow a Personalized Learning Culture

This post first appeared on ASCD Inservice. The language of the culture very much reflects the feelings, behaviors, and actions that the culture values. We often live by the metaphors that we use. So, for example, when we use negative metaphor such as "in the trenches" we are signaling a combative culture. Whereas, if we use such metaphors as "inventing" or "innovating" we are bringing forward not just thoughts of survival but also thoughts of our capacity to...

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Six Tips for Leading Schools with ‘Habits of Mind’ in Mind

This post first appeared on trustED and is reprinted with permission. Think about the instructions that you are given by the steward before an airplane takes off: "In the unlikely event of a lack of oxygen…be sure you put your mask on before trying to help a child or another person." This is great advice to leaders who want to build Habits of Mind (HOM) in the school environment—make certain that you are working on...

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From the Ashes, the American Shopping Mall Rises …

Currently, I work at a large, public high school where we are trying to reimagine the student learning experience. Like many schools, we have dedicated teachers building strong teacher directed experiences to help our students develop content knowledge and skills. Now we are re-envisioning how to develop experiences which invite students to the design table by developing the skills and dispositions necessary to co-create, and eventually, direct their own learning. Additionally, we want to teach...

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Creative Collaboration by Design

Setting the Stage: I had an opportunity to meet Evan Wilke at this year’s annual Tri-Association Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. Heidi Hayes Jacobs and I were leading a two-day workshop around the Contemporary Quest Model based on the book Bold Moves (ASCD, 2017). Toward the end of Day 1, Evan had a visible breakthrough … I saw his face light up as he described the idea he sketched out. One of the quiet...

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How to Grow Teacher Practice Using Habits of Mind

by Art Costa, Bena Kallick, and Allison Zmuda There are predictable policies and practices in the opening month of school that center around setting goals as a classroom teacher, grade level, department, or school. Well-intentioned to be sure, but perhaps out of alignment with the teacher evaluation system. Surely you don’t think that merely putting him or her on a scale from one to four will tell you whether the teacher is practicing both the...

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