What does it take to make it in college?

  • One-year retention rate at TAMU-CC: 58%
  • 6-year graduation rate at TAMU-CC: 38%

Is it smarts? Is it financial means? Or is it something else?

Source: US News & World Report


Habits of Mind

  • Curiosity
  • Openness
  • Engagement
  • Creativity
  • Persistence
  • Responsibility
  • Flexibility
  • Metacognition

Source: CWPA, NCTE, and NWP Framework


Round One

I've given you each a definition. Your job will be to determine which Habit of Mind your definition relates to. Write that Habit of Mind on the reverse side of your card!


Round Two

Get into PAIRS based on my instructions

  • Discuss which Habit of Mind you've each selected to go with your definition. Make changes if necessary!
  • Decide which Habit of Mind you think is more important to student success between the two...

Round Three

Get into groups of FOUR based on my instructions

  • Make sure you all have different Habits o' Mind -- if you don't, that's a problem! Fix it!
  • Rank your Habits of Mind from most important to least important

Round Four

Get into groups of EIGHT based on my instructions

  • Make sure you all have different Habits o' Mind -- if you don't, that's a problem! Fix it!
  • Rank your Habits of Mind from most important to least important

Class debrief

  • How did it go? Any issues with these definitions?
  • Rankings? (Are you engaged?)