Developing Students' Effective Habits of Mind

Program Details

Developing Students' Effective Habits of Mind
Duration: 5 hours
Prerequisites: Having educational bachelor degree or completed fundamental education qualification programs, and Reflective Practitioner Teacher – training program.
Material: Training Guide, Program Kit, and online resources on Marifah
Level - Track: Advanced Educational Qualification
Target Audience : Teachers (KG, Math, Science, English, and Computer Science) grade (1-3).

Short Description

Thinking can be taught. The purpose of education is to make lifelong independent thinkers, as this is obligatory for the 21st century. The student also has to learn a set of mind habits to deal with problems and daily life situations regardless of how complicated it may be and these habits are the same as any daily habits that we experience. In this program, the teacher will be introduced to a set of theoretical and practical experiences so that the teacher can identify the 16 mind habits. The trainer will also learn strategies for teaching students and involve them in everyday teaching practice by a set of activities which he/she can use in his/her class.

Big Ideas

Habits of mind are teachable.
Habits of mind are never fully mastered. However, they are improved over a period of time in one’s life.
Employing habits of mind leads to individuals being able to think in a flexible way.
Habits of mind show how teachers behave when facing difficulties, challenges, or life obstacles.
Habits of mind affect individuals’ abilities of dealing with problematic situations.

Essential Questions

Why is each habit of mind important?
Why do we have to learn about habit of mind?
How can teachers develop students’ habits of mind?
How do Individuals utilize habits of mind in solving problems?
How can practicing habits of mind affect one’s creativity, productivity, and other skills?


Identify the 16 habits of mind.
Contrast the different meaning of each habit.
Integrate habits of mind into instruction.
Connect self-experiences in real situations and notable characters that habits of mind played a central role in their lives.
Suggest activities developing habits of mind.
Employ habits of mind in solving real problematic situations.
Plan a lesson integrating habits of mind in teaching subject’s topics.


No Assessment Component Weight
1 Attendance and Participation Participation 5
Attendance 5
2 Formative Assessment Self-assessment KWL-Q 5
Vocabulary Tool 5
Formative Assessment

Analyze scenarios of real problematic situations according to habits of mind


Create instructional class activities for developing habits of mind

3 Summative assessment Performance Task: Trainees are required to develop a lesson plan targeting one topic of their subject including at least two habits of mind, it will be assessed based on rubric 25
Exit Task 5
Portfolio 10
Final exam 20
Program Total 100

Time Distribution

No Item Time (min)
1 KWL-Q 10
2 Vocabulary Tool 5
3 Terminology 5
4 Activity (1.1): Integrating Questioning/Posing Problems in Classroom 20
5 Activity (1.2): Integrating Thinking about Thinking (metacognition) in Classroom 20
6 Activity (1.3): Integrating Applying Prior Knowledge New to Situations in Classroom 20
7 Activity (1.4): Integrating Finding Humor in Classroom 20
8 Activity (1.5): Integrating Striving for Accuracy in Classroom 15
9 Activity (1.6): Integrating Thinking and Communicating with Clarity & Precision in Classroom 15
10 Activity (1.7): Integrating Listening with Understanding and Empathy in Classroom 15
11 Activity (1.8): Integrating Thinking Interdependently in Classroom 15
12 Activity (1.9): Integrating Thinking Flexibility in Classroom 15
13 Activity (1.10): integrating creating, imagining & innovating in classroom 15
14 Activity (1.11): Integrating Responding with Wonderment and Awe in Classroom 15
15 Activity (1.12): Integrating Taking Responsible Risks in Classroom 15
16 Activity (1.13): Integrating Managing Impulsivity in Classroom 15
17 Activity (1.14): Integrating Persistence in Classroom 15
18 Activity (1.15): Integrating Remaining Open to Continuous Learning in classroom 15
19 Activity (1.16): Integrating Gathering Data through all Senses in Classroom 15
20 Assessment task: Lesson plan H.W
21 Post -Vocabulary Tool 5
22 Exit Task 15
Total 5 Hours

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