Friday, July 31, 2015

Classroom Habitudes: Week 3

I am really enjoying the book Classroom Habitudes and I hope many of you are as well.  If you are joining me for the first time, be sure to catch up with Week 1 and Week 2 of this book study.

Perseverance is the ability to sustain interest, effort, and commitment in any circumstance that life presents.

Setting goals and sticking to one's convictions is hard for adults.  Teaching our students to persevere, despite obstacles is hard.  Maiers points out that one of the best ways to start working on this topic with students is to be honest about challenges you have had to persevere through.  Exploring how we face obstacles, in and out of the classroom, will help students cross the mountain they are trying to overcome.  Working on small goals first will give students the chance to then transfer that perseverance to bigger goals.

Courage is the ability to enter the unknown by confronting challenges, taking risks, and overcoming fears.

I really loved this chapter because it is all about getting students to feel comfortable taking risks. Amazing learning and growth can occur when students are willing to step outside their comfort zone and not be afraid of failure.  Students have been conditioned to only look for the right answer, and therefore they are scared to make a mistake.  Many famous and successful people failed before they succeeded.  Working with kids on seeing that failure is a natural part of success will help them grow and become even more successful.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Classroom Habitudes: Week 2

Curiosity is a mindset that enables individuals to explore their internal and external worlds by asking questions, seeking answers, and engaging in a wide range of personal and interpersonal activities.

Self-awareness provides a system of checks and balances that equips individuals to understand themselves and to make conscious choices and deliberate decisions about the direction and quality of their lives.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Classroom Habitudes Book Study and Blog Hop

I have joined Linda, Aimee, Angela, and Diane for a book study and blog hop on the book Classroom Habitudes by Angela Maiers.

At our last faculty meeting in June, my principal gave each staff member a copy of the book.  She talked about how much she truly loved this book.  We talked about what to expect from it and took the Habitudes Self-Assessment.  She asked us all to read it this summer.  It came home with me and sat on my coffee table, untouched, for the next four weeks.  Then....I started reading it....and I can honestly say that I am hooked!  I cannot wait to finish!!!

Maiers starts out by discussing the Habitudes, what they are, and what they mean. A habitude is a combination of habits and attiudtes.  The seven habitudes are:

  1. Imagination
  2. Curiosity
  3. Self-Awareness
  4. Perseverance
  5. Courage
  6. Passion
  7. Adaptability

She also discusses explicitly teaching the habitudes and ways students can demonstrate their understanding of themselves and the habitudes.  One suggestion was for students to keep a habitudes notebook that becomes their portfolio.  Right away my mind jumped to data binders.  My students could have a Habitudes section in their data binder!  If the purpose of the data binder is for students to showcase their growth and learning, wouldn't their growth in self-awareness and the habitudes also be great?

My fabulous teammate, Stephanie, has started a collaborative Pinterest board focusing on the habitudes.  Be sure to check it out.

Chapter 1 is all about nurturing genius and how to teach the habitudes.  My favorite quote from this chapter is:

"Once you understand and believe you are capable of the extraordinary, you will not settle for the ordinary."

What an amazing take away!  We spend so much time trying to motivate students and push them to be the best they can be, but do we take the time to really help them see the genius inside them already?  We have so much to teach and so much we want to do.  Why is it even important to teach the habitudes?  Watch the short clip below to find out.

I love her framework for teaching the habitudes as well.  (I don't want to give away all the details, but basically her framework takes you step-by-step how to help students gain ownership of the habitudes.)  There are lessons to follow for each habitude.  She also includes QR codes throughout the book that take you to other resources, examples, and video clips.  The book is extremely user-friendly and her 3-step framework for teaching the habitudes is very classroom-friendly.  The steps for teaching a habitude are:
  • One: Name It
  • Two: Claim It
  • Three: Sustain It
The second chapter is about imagination and creativity.  There are lesson plan ideas and I really like the activity where students imagine and store successful moments into their "success file".  I love that it gets students imagining and thinking about what they did when they were successful. 

Our self-image about our imagination and creativity usually decreases as we get older.  Awareness of using our imagination to help us achieve our goals is key to success.

Next week our study will continue with chapters 3 and 4.  Until then, please check out the other blogs in this blog hop.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Time for a GIVEAWAY!!!

One of the things I love most about the blogging world is meeting so many amazing bloggers and TpT sellers.  Eight of us have collaborated to bring you a giveaway to celebrate the launch of Elizabeth's new blog (  These upper elementary ladies are fabulous and I hope you will enjoy "meeting" them as much as I have!

Who wants to win a $50 Erin Condren Gift Card or a $40 Tallahassee Sunday Gift Card?  EVERYONE, right?  

To win, enter the Rafflecopter below.

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The giveaway will run until July 18th at 12:00 a.m. The winner will be announced on Sunday the 19th. Good luck to everyone!  Be sure to check out all our blogs (or social media/TpT if they are not bloggers yet.)