This week in Year 3 we have been learning all about Habits of Mind as part of our guided Inquiry unit.
Habits of Mind are dispositions which empower effective creative and critical thinking.
Understanding and thinking about how we can use these habits in our learning will support us to to overcome challenges and succeed when faced with new and unfamiliar situations.
We learnt about the Habit of Mind ‘Persistence’ – which means not giving up, working hard to find solutions to a goal and persevering when faced with a challenge.
To practise persistence, we had to use foam dominoes to create a path for a marble to roll all the way through from the start to the finish. Things didn’t go to plan and dominoes were blown and knocked over, sometimes more than once!
The dominoes falling over made us feel frustrated – Liana
We had to keep trying even when we felt annoyed. Foam is very light and kept getting falling over – Alicia
You need to stay calm or your tower will fall over because you were feeling angry – Monika
We discussed how we were feeling and came to the conclusion that we had to use persistence and keep trying, even when things got hard!
I felt happy when my team finally built our tower – Christian
We also learnt about the Habit of Mind ‘Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision’ – which means using appropriate, clear language to get a message across, communicate and share information. To explore this Habit of Mind, we played a Barrier Beach Game.
One partner had to arrange objects on a beach scene which was hidden from their partner by a barrier. We then had to use specific, clear instructions to guide our partner to recreate the same scene on the other side of the barrier. It was a bit tricky at first, but lots of fun once we got the hang of it!
We enjoyed learning about Habits of Mind in Year 3 and exploring ways in which using these habits can help us to become better learners!
Check out the video below to learn more about the 16 Habits of Mind.
From the Year Three students, Mrs Ryan & Miss Williams