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Habits of Mind as a Vehicle for Teaching the Transferable Skills

Appropriate for grade K-12 educators
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Course Description:

Using the universal language and skills of Habits of Mind (HOM), the course provides both classroom and specialist teachers with an understanding of how the Vermont PGBR Transferable Skills, Common Core State Standards, PBIS, and grit can all be addressed and implemented, without becoming overwhelmed.

Participants will develop, demonstrate, and share understandings of the HOM language and life-long skills needed for success in today’s and tomorrow’s world. Using HOM, teachers will be able to provide students with a foundation in the five transferable skills put forward by the Vermont Agency of Education: Clear and Effective Communication, Self-Direction, Creative and Practical Problem Solving, Responsible and Involved Citizenship, and Informed and Integrative Thinking.

Guiding Questions: What is the relationship between Habits of Mind and transferable skills? Why are Habits of Mind essential for deep learning?

         Goals

  1. Understand the relationship of HOM to the transferable skills of Vermont’s Graduation Proficiencies and Performance indicators.
  2. Develop a set of strategies and mental models for teaching and applying HOM in the classroom,
  3. Create an action plan for teaching, assessing, and reporting on HOM, and
  4. Incorporate HOM and transferable skills in personal teaching practice.

Learning Outcomes

Teachers will engage in an examination of the guiding questions through readings, discussions, class activities, demonstrations, personal reflections, and course assignments.  In doing this teachers will:

  1. Gain an understanding of Habits of Mind and how they overarch the skills embedded in current educational initiatives. Teachers will understand the relationship of HOM to the transferable skills of Vermont’s Graduation Proficiencies and Performance indicators,
  2. Develop a set of strategies and mental models for teaching and applying HOM in the classroom,
  3. Develop an informed and grounded action plan for teaching, assessing, and reporting on HOM, and Transferable Skills
  4.  Through discussions, projects and/or reflective writings, share evidence of incorporation of Transferable Skills and HOM in teaching practice.

Participants MUST purchase text:
Costa, A.L. & Kallick, Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind:
16 Essential Characteristics for Success. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Instructors:

Mary Gemignani has been a classroom teacher, special educator, and assistant principal.  She is currently an adjunct professor in the education department at Johnson State College. Mary is an avid Habits of Mind advocate who received her training from Bena Kallick and Arthur Costa.  She has infused their work into her instruction ever since.

 

Audri Miller is a 24 year veteran who has at one time or another has had the opportunity to teach all of the primary grades.  Several years ago she had the opportunity to attend a multi day workshop with the creators of Habits of Mind.  It re-energized her commitment to to the importance of these skills. When the AoE unveiled their Transferable Skills she saw the beautiful correlation between the two and wants to share the connection with other teachers.