At The Mabin School, we believe that children are intelligent, capable individuals who should be entrusted with the responsibility of problem solving. Mabin’s sustaining principles of Inquiry, Integration and Reflection are as integral to the social program as they are to the academic program.
Students are empowered to think deeply about their community and how their actions affect the people around them. Students are reminded that every action has an effect, whether positive or negative, immediately or some time in the future. We often ask students, “How is your behaviour affecting the community around you?”
In every situation within the school community e.g. recess play, classroom group work and integrated activities between grades, children consistently negotiate their own boundaries and expectations for participation in the group. By creating their own rights, responsibilities and rules for work and play under the guidance of teachers, students are able to be successful participants in their community.
The Habits of Mind
Noted educators Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick define and describe 16 types of intelligent behavior that make up the Habits of Mind.
Habits of Mind assist students in school and adults in everyday life as they are challenged by problems, dilemmas, paradoxes and enigmas for which the solutions are not immediately apparent. Drawing on the Habits of Mind means knowing how to behave intelligently when you do not know the answers. It means not only having information, but also knowing how to act on it.
The Mabin Faculty uses Habits of Mind language to support children at work and at play. Using consistent language sets our students up for success. The concept eloquently restates many of the foundations of our school philosophy and captures much of the professional development we have done around the inquiry method and developing thinking skills.
For our scope as an elementary school, the 10 Habits of Mind that we focus on are:
- Using Empathy
- Taking Responsible Risks
- Managing Impulsivity
- Taking Ownership
- Paying Attention to Detail
- Asking Questions, Filtering Information and Creating Solutions
- Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations