The ability to move from one concept to the next iteratively, using the 5Es along the way, is an incredibly valuable skill. These are, in fact, habits of mind.
“Habits of mind” is a buzzword these days, but we shouldn’t dismiss it because of that. By way of quick background, the habits of mind are a set of 16 life skills related to problem-solving, relationship building, creativity, and so forth. Without going into all of them, the habits of mind include abilities such as persisting, managing impulsivity, thinking flexibility, thinking about thinking (metacognition), striving for accuracy, gathering data with all senses, taking responsible risks, and so on.Continue reading