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Health Curriculum Framework
Building Resilience Through Comprehensive Health

January 1996

Habits of Mind

Habits of Mind are ways of thinking and behaving that form the foundation of lifelong learning. Teachers, administrators, and others engaged in the process of educating model these habits of mind in what they say and do.

The habits listed here are those found in Chapter 2 of Charting the Course: the Common Chapters of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, but focused in ways specific to the comprehensive health classroom, laboratory, and physical activity setting. Some of these might be posted in the classroom or discussed for their contribution to building resilience.

1. Commitment to Excellence and Equity

  • Everyone's health is important.
  • We are all capable.
  • Health is a team effort.
  • Do your best.

2. Respect for Diverse Ways of Perceiving, Thinking, Learning, and Communicating

  • Listen, don't criticize.
  • Use common courtesy.

3. Reflection and Openness to Suggestions for Change

  • Observe, describe, evaluate.
  • Use feedback to assess strengths and weaknesses in your work.
  • Consider other choices.

4. Curiosity, Flexibility, Creativity, Sense of Organization, and Persistence

  • No question is foolish or insignificant.
  • Practice, practice, practice.
  • Find new ways to communicate ideas.

5. Willingness to Investigate and Reflect upon Patterns and Relationships of Ideas

  • Physical, emotional, social, and cognitive health are always interrelated.
  • Check recent research.
  • Examine social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors.

6. Acceptance of Personal, Social, and Civic Responsibility

  • Discipline.
  • Each of us can make a difference.
  • It is essential to distinguish between what we can change and what we cannot.
  • Respect for democratic process and order.

7. Sense of Interdependence

  • It's important to acknowledge our needs for both privacy and community.
  • There are some changes we can make individually and some we need to make together.
  • Healthy communities/healthy persons.

Last Updated: January 1, 1996
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