Habits of Mind 2018

An introduction by Luke McIlWraith

With the start of a new school year, it’s timely to remind the returning boys and inform the new ones about the Habits of Mind. The Habits of Mind were originally designed as 16 problem solving, life related skills, necessary to operate in society and succeed. The understanding behind the original 16 Habits of Mind served to promote insightfulness, perseverance, strategic reasoning and creativity. When TSS adopted the Habits of Mind program we added our own, 17th Habit of Mind, Learn to Lead. The introduction of the 17th Habit of Mind by TSS was to streamline the program to perfectly encompass life at TSS and how to succeed within it.

At this time of year, it would be wise to read over the Habits of Mind and find your strengths and weaknesses and work on them. The Habits of Mind can relate to all aspects of life from academic to sporting, cultural and social.

In all your classrooms and in your record book you will find a Habits of Mind chart like the one on the screen. Each week throughout the year there will be a focus on a different Habit of Mind. During each week, I challenge you to make an effort to practice the particular Habit of Mind and reflect on how best to enhance this in your life.

Good luck to all competing teams this weekend, especially the First 11.

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