As a former AP teacher, I love the phrase “Habits of Mind.” What are the habits of a sharp, well-tuned mind? With the New Year comes new resolutions. An ASCD article from 2012 listed 16 Habits of Mind for students, but what if we turned them into habits for educators?

Here’s a few of my favorites that I resolve to work on this year…

  • Successful educators manage impulsivity. They control their tendency to jump on whatever is newest and hottest, the cool thing they just learned in a workshop. Instead, they thoughtfully and deliberately choose the strategies and techniques that will best suit the situation – even if it isn’t new and shiny.
  • Successful educators strive for accuracy and precision. They know what level of precision is appropriate to the standard/task/meeting and can hone in on what is truly important – cutting out time wasters, getting to the heart of the matter.
  • Successful educators create, imagine, and innovate. They look for different ideas (on Pinterest) and are able to generate original ideas of their own (to go on Pinterest!)
  • Successful educators remain open to continual learning. I love this quote from Dylan William at the University of London, “If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.” Learning and growing is living!

What do you resolve for 2015?