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Essential Attributes For Student Success

A group of faculty members at our school has identified seven student attributes that help predict student success, especially when moving from one division to another (e.g., lower school to middle school). We may measure the success of our school by the degree to which our instructional programs strengthens these attributes in students over time.

1)   Internal Motivation: Student shows initiative and risk-taking in learning. This also includes the resiliency to persevere when things get tough and overcome failure. A hardworking ethic and willingness to use available resources at school to do his/her best.

2)   Habits of Mind: This includes “executive function” traits such as organization, time and material management, and the ability to prioritize.

3)   Learning Style Awareness: A self-awareness of his/her own learning strengths and weaknesses – at a developmentally appropriate level. As you know we start working on this in the Lower School in earnest.

4)   Family Support: Parents who maintain a partnership with the school to help a student to do their best. This may involve a commitment to providing extra supports s/he may need.  It also means being careful to project a positive attitude towards the teachers and school; if a child detects a parent disrespects the school, their learning is undermined.

5)   Social Aptitude: This means the ability of a student to meet the social demands of a collaborative learning environment.

6)   Academic Aptitude: Students need to be academically solid. If they are not, a plan for support is in place.

7)   Affective Attributes: The student has affinities beyond the classroom or academic realm that help to create balance in his/her life. This helps to establish a sense of identity and a feeling of competence/passion.

List reprinted from the Catlin Gabel Lower School Crier

Habits Of Mind

Costa (ASCD) lists essential habits of mind as:
– Persisting
– Managing Impulsivity
– Listening with Understanding and Empathy
– Thinking Flexibly
– Thinking About Thinking (Metacognition)
– Striving For Accuracy
– Questioning and Posing Problems
– Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
– Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
– Gathering Data Through All Senses
– Creating, Imagining, Innovating
– Responding with Wonderment and Awe
– Taking Responsible Risks
– Finding Humor
– Thinking Interdependently
– Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

These habits are just as important as the knowledge and skills gained through education. To what degree does your curriculum directly teach and assess these habits?