Although this is a blogg, we could not better describe the Habits of Mind Campaign as Dr. Reece has done so here in this statement.
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So what are these habits of mind?
Identifying the skills and practices of successful students is not a very difficult process. They are well documented and readily available in a mature body of literature. A group of faculty members working on this project spent a good deal of time in the 2006-07 year reviewing the literature on student success to identify the most common behaviors practiced by successful students. Six core habits emerged from the review.
Note: As you read through the six core habits of mind, please keep in mind that these will seem obvious to you, but they are not obvious to every student.
- Focus—Successful students focus on the work to be done. They are academically self-disciplined, spending appropriate amounts of time studying. They come to class on time and prepared. They complete all assignments and turn them in on time. They finish their programs.
- Advance—Successful students advance by always improving. They embrace life-long learning. They understand that subject expertise requires a long-term commitment, and commit to ongoing development of thinking skills and learning skills.
- Link Up—Successful students link up with the academic community. They get involved. They get to know their professors, study in groups, surrounding themselves with focused students and mentors. They use College resources and programs to help with their learning.
- Comprehend—Successful students study for comprehension. They seek to understand course content rather than simply complete requirements. They ask questions to gain understanding, reflect on what they are learning as well as if they are learning.
- Organize—Successful students are organized. They plan to succeed. They have an educational goal. They focus on their educational purposes, maintain a specific education plan, and choose classes with an intentional learning purpose in mind.
- New Ideas—Successful students embrace new ideas. They are curious, seeking out new perspectives and skills. They transfer concepts to new contexts in order to solve problems. They integrate concepts and knowledge to form a greater personal understanding.
To get a sense of how well these habits are practiced at
Under the idea of FOCUSING, our faculty members most commonly indicate that between ¼ and ½ of our students are not sufficiently focusing on the work to be done. With regard to ADVANCING, faculty suggest that ½ to ¾ or our students are not sufficiently practicing this habit. With regard to LINKING UP, ½ to ¾ of our students do not appear to be implementing this practice. Approximately ½ to ¾ or our students are not studying for COMPREHENSION. Somewhere between ¼ to ½ of our students are not ORGANIZING around a plan to succeed. And ½ to ¾ are not reaching out to
All of this suggests that we can make a meaningful impact on student learning if we concentrate on raising our students’ basic awareness of what it is they need to do to succeed at
There are several programs at
First, we do not have a coordinated message when it comes to teaching the habits of mind. We teach them in many different ways at
Second, we are not reaching every student. We know that 60-80% of our students have no awareness of the habits of mind when they enter
So, how do we get 24,000 students to be aware of and committed to practicing these skills?
We need to launch and sustain a campaign to end the mystery. With a consistent, focused and coordinated campaign, we can force this issue and raise awareness across the entire student body. Our efforts should:
- Adopt a campaign mentality around teaching the habits of mind. Notice that we took license with the habits of mind language deliberately building around a memorable acronym—FALCON.
- Expose all students to the habits of mind through a sustained campaign with agreed upon slogans, messages and communications channels. A campaign in which all of us participate—some with substantial roles, some with smaller roles, but all a part of this campaign.
- Recast student support services that already touch on these skills around the habits of mind campaign so that our message is consistent.
- Develop new student support services if habits or skills are not sufficiently addressed at
to fill in the gaps. Cerritos College
- Continue and expand our celebration of students that succeed through practicing these skills and habits. Academic Excellence; Commencement; the President’s List; the Dean’s List; Successful Transfers/Job Placements/Alumni—all of these offer opportunities to showcase successful students practicing the habits of mind.
- Monitor student success and student learning practices on an annual basis by leveraging
ARCCand MIS data as well as our own data mart. Reports should be presented to the college community annually at the State of . Our habits of mind campaign should be analyzed regularly to address key findings from the annual report and adjusted as needed. Education Address
- Assign dedicated management to the implementation of this plan/program.
Infusing the Habits of Mind across the