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Westbourne Park Primary School

11 Jun

By Jenny Jones, HOM Coordinator.

As we are all aware, teaching and learning in schools is very different than when we went to school. We are preparing students for a vastly different future than what exists today and yesterday.
It takes a shift of thinking for some to understand the “21st Century Kid.”
As co educators, parents are after all their child’s first teachers, we need to prepare our children for our increasingly diverse, globalised, and complex, media-saturated society. Today’s kindergarteners will be retiring in the year 2067. We have no idea of what the world will look like in five years, much less 60 years, yet we are charged with preparing our students for life in that world. Our children are often referred to as “digital natives” and technology is a natural part of their daily life. They don’t know a world without computers, ipads, mobile phones, ipods and laptops. Research has shown that these digital natives require a skill set to enable them to be successful learners and to cope with life after school.
That is why the 16 Habits of Mind are so important.

“We want our children to develop those habits that lead them to become lifelong learners, effective problem solvers and decision makers, able to communicate with a diverse population and to understand how to live successfully in a rapidly changing, high tech world.” Art Costa
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Much study and research over many years has shown that the Habits of Mind are what make people successful in many walks of life and that these are the dispositions that will help determine one’s satisfaction and success.
It is much more likely that your child will learn these habits if they are reinforced, modelled and discussed at home as well as at school.
No one ever fully masters the Habits of Mind. It is the constant striving to get better at them that describes the continuous learner.