Habits of Mind

The National Writing Project identifies eight habits of mind essential for success in college writing and college success—ways of approaching learning that are both intellectual and practical and will support YOUR success in a variety of fields and disciplines:

  • Curiosity: the desire to know more about the world.
  • Openness: the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
  • Engagement: a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
  • Creativity: the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
  • Persistence: the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
  • Responsibility: the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
  • Flexibility: the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
  • Metacognition: the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

Your task: On the slip of paper provided, rank each Habit of Mind in order of importance TO YOU( 1 being the most, 8 being the least) that you believe are critical to YOUR success in college.

Next, share your rankings with someone else! Be prepared to explain why you made the choices you did!

Now that you have had a chance to complete your rankings, I need for you to reflect on the following:

On the back of your slip, (in paragraph form) describe a Habit of Mind that you possess that helped you get through this semester in Learning Community M.