Activating & Engaging Habits of Mind

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Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2000 - Psychology - 167 pages
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This book is the second in a four-book series on habits of mind. It translates a habits of mind approach to education into action using classroom-tested advice. Contributions come from practitioners in literature, math, music, foreign language, reading, character education, and social science. After "Series Foreword: Thinking on the Road of Life" (David Perkins) and "Preface to the Series" (Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick), there are 14 papers: (1) "Creating 'Thoughtful' Classroom Environments" (Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick); (2) "Toward a Mindful Language of Learning" (Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick); (3) "Using Questions To Challenge Students' Intellect" (Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick); (4) "Thinking Maps: Visual Tools for Activating Habits of Mind" (David Hyerle); (5) "Infusing Habits of Mind into Units, Lessons, and Learning Tasks" (Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick); (6) "Teaching the Habits of Mind Directly" (Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick); (7) Using Habits of Mind To Look 'Inside the Text'" (Kathleen C. Reilly); (8) "An Integrated Approach to Teaching the Habits of Mind" (Nancy Skerritt and Emilie Hard); (9) "Discovering Habits of Mind in Mathematics" (Carol T. Lloyd); (10) "An Artistic Application of Habits of Mind" (Nadine McDermott); (11) "Foreign Language Instruction and the 'Sense-sational' Habits of Mind" (Gina Celeste Costa); (12) "Enhancing Reading Comprehension Instruction through Habits of Mind" (Thommie DePinto Piercy); (13) "Habits of Mind as Character Education" (Curtis Schnorr); and (14) "Getting Started" (Arthur L. Costa, Bena Kallick, and Lisa Davis). (Most papers contain references.) (SM)

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Arthur L. Costa, Ed.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Education at California State University, Sacramento. He is Co-Founder of the Institute for Habits of Mind and Co-founder of the Center for Cognitive Coaching. He served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, and an assistant superintendent for instruction in the Office of the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools and as the director of educational programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has made presentations and conducted workshops in all 50 states as well as on six of the seven continents Active in many professional organizations, Art served as president of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and was the National President of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, from 1988 to 1989. He was the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Urban Alliance in 2010.

Bena Kallick, Ph.D is a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and abroad. Kallick received her doctorate in educational evaluation at Union Graduate School. Her areas of focus include group dynamics, creative and critical thinking, and alternative assessment strategies for the classroom. Formerly a Teachers' Center director, Kallick also created a children's museum based on problem solving and invention. She was the coordinator of a high school alternative designed for at-risk students. She is co-founder of Performance Pathways, a company dedicated to providing easy to use software for curriculum mapping and assessment tracking and reporting, an integrated suite. She is presently a strategic advisor for SunGard Public Sector K-12 on behalf of Performance Plus, a transformational new product based on the work of Performance Pathways. She is known for her practical approach to making curriculum mapping and assessment a catalyst for improving teaching and learning. Kallick's teaching appointments have included Yale University School of Organization and Management, University of Massachusetts Center for Creative and Critical Thinking, and Union Graduate School. She was formerly on the Board of the Apple Foundation, the Board of Jobs for the Future and Weston Woods Institute. She presently serves on the Board of Communities for Learning. Her work with Dr. Art Costa has led to the development of the Institute for Habits of Mind (, an international institute that is dedicated to transforming schools into places where thinking and Habits of Mind are taught, practiced, valued and have become infused into the culture of the school and community. The Institute provides services and products to support bringing the Habits of Mind into the culture of schools and the communities they serve. She and Art Costa have just completed an online course for EduPlanet21, a company that is dedicated to Professional Development for Educators using the most contemporary tools and thinking to be successful engaging students as 21st century learners. In addition, she is the Program Director for this company.

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