Friday, July 24, 2015

Classroom Habitudes - Week 2

I am so lucky to be participating in a book study blog hop with a wonderful group of ladies! Last week, we discussed our thoughts on the first couple of chapters of the book Classroom Habitudes by Angela Maiers.  If you missed it, no worries, you can catch up by clicking here.  

This week, I'll be talking about chapters 3 and 4.  These chapters are diving right into the habitudes, talking about Curiosity and Self-awareness.

Before I go ANY further, I must direct you to the Solution Tree website, where there are many free printables available.

Ok, now that that's done, let's get on with it!

Does curiosity really kill the cat?

No. It doesn't.  Curiosity fuels our imagination. It keeps the brain active, it keeps us open to new ideas and keeps life interesting!  The more curious you are, the less likely you are to be bored. Maiers explained that a study by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in 2002 found a direct relationship between attention and our interest in the world.  So nothing is boring if we pay attention to it.  Want to test out this theory in your classroom?  Maiers suggests the following curiosity challenge : pick a subject, focus on curiosity, and turn the subject inside out, asking a lot of questions regarding the subject. Surprisingly, what was boring before, often becomes a little more interesting, as now their curiosity is piqued and they want to get the answers to their questions!

By developing your students curiosity, you really are opening up the whole world for them.  You're getting them to ask the right questions, to ask better questions and to start questioning and wondering about everything around them.  I'm really impressed by this chapter, especially the way everything is laid out, detailed and explained. 

To be or not to be.. aware

Imagine.  A classroom where students know what they need to learn.  Where they know that they'll need to use manipulatives to figure out that math question and they know they need to re-read that paragraph to fully understand it.  Imagine, a classroom where students understand who they are and how it affects them in the classroom.  Wouldn't that be absolutely amazing?

I always knew it was important to have students become aware, but Maiers does such a fantastic job of breaking it down.  Of showing you how to create a Student Learning Profile for your students and going through all the dialogue.  

I am loving this book and truly feel it's one that should be in every teacher's classroom.  Not only does she talk about the habitudes and explains why they are important, but she gives you real content that you can directly apply to your classroom with little to no prep.  

Now don't forget to head on over to these other blog posts to find out what they thought of these two chapters!
*Click here to read Week 3*