Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2000) Habits of Mind. A Developmental Series. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development http://www.habitsofmind.org/what_are_the_habits_of_mind.htm
Stick to it! Persevering in task through to completion; remaining focused. Looking for ways to reach your goal when stuck. Not giving up.
Take your Time! Thinking before acting; remaining calm, thoughtful and deliberative.
Listening with Empathy and Understanding
Understand Others! Devoting mental energy to another person's thoughts and ideas; Make an effort to perceive another's point of view and emotions
Look at it Another Way! Being able to change perspectives, generate alternatives, consider options
Thinking about your Thinking : Metacognition
Know your knowing! Being aware of your own thoughts, strategies, feelings and actions and their effects on others.
Striving for Accuracy
Check it again! Always doing your best. Setting high standards. Checking and finding ways to improve constantly.
Applying Past Knowledge
Use what you Learn! Accessing prior knowledge; transferring knowledge beyond the situation in which it was learned.
Questioning and Posing Problems
How do you know? Having a questioning attitude; knowing what data are needed and developing questioning strategies to produce those data. Finding problems to solve
Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
Be clear! Striving for accurate communication in both written and oral form; avoiding over generalizations, distortions, deletions and exaggerations.