Habits of Mind

  • Habits of Mind

    Council Rock is committed to helping all children develop Habits of Mind as we believe these thinking dispositions lead to greater engagement in learning and greater success in all arenas.

    What is “Habits of Mind”?

    “Habits of Mind” is knowing how to behave intelligently when you DON'T know the answer. It means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems, the answers to which are not immediately known.


    Watch this video to find out how Council Rock community members are using Habits of Mind and why they're so important:

    Check out the link under Habits of Mind in the left panel to view a video of Art Costa explaining Habits of Mind.

    The 16 Habits of Mind identified by Art Costa and Bena Kallick include:

    • Persisting
    • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
    • Managing impulsivity
    • Gathering data through all senses
    • Listening with understanding and empathy
    • Creating, imagining, innovating
    • Thinking flexibly
    • Responding with wonderment and awe
    • Thinking about thinking (metacognition)
    • Taking responsible risks
    • Striving for accuracy
    • Finding humor
    • Questioning and posing problems
    • Thinking interdependently
    • Applying past knowledge to new situations
    • Remaining open to continuous learning

    Click on the link in the left panel under Habits of Mind to find a summary of all 16 Habits of Mind—great for posting on the refrigerator or bulletin board at home.