Announcing Teachers With the Classroom Habitudes – A New Blog Series

Happy Monday Friends!

I am excited to announce a new schedule for my blog, one that is sure to inspire and inform.

Teachers With The Habitudes is a new blog series celebrating and chronicling the learning and lives of talented educators from across the globe seeking to equip their students with the skills and strategies demanded in the 21st Century world and workforce.

When I started working on the first version of Classroom Habitudes, the 21st Century skills debate was in full swing. Despite numerous white papers, acts of legislation, and newly mandated curriculum, there was little practical application of how these lessons would actually look and feel inside real classrooms.

I set out on a quest to outline explicitly what lessons and conversations around the Habitudes of CuriosityImaginationPerseveranceCourage, Adaptability, Self Awareness and Passion looked and sounded like for teachers and students.

Four years and hundreds of lessons later, we have concrete examples of examples of schools, leaders and educators that have committed to implementing the Habitudes and can point to positive learning outcomes as a result of their passion and efforts. I am honored and thrilled to share their successes with all of you.

Every week on the blog, we will showcase a Teacher With the Habitudes. Through their story, you will see how and in what ways these lessons can be successfully integrated and implemented in your school and community.

For those of you new to the Habitudes, the following resources and ideas can get you started:

Click here to READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER and  first hand how the lessons are organized.

If you are ready to see more, check out the HABITUDES RESOURCE WIKI.

Download any of the following FREE REPRODUCIBLES to help you in your lesson planning and implementation efforts.

These reproducibles include handouts to copy and share, as well as forms you can fill in electronically.

This will be an interactive series so come back often to read the latest post, comment with your own stories and ideas and check out the latest lessons and ideas.  And if YOU have the Habitudes, I would love to hear from you.

Share with us how your lesson went, how you customized it for your students, and what secret sauce you added to make it even better.  Just follow the Guest Post Submission Guidelines and share your genius with the world!

For a complete list of the posts in this series, click the “Teacher With The Habitudes” tab on the right sidebar.


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  • Jack Durish

    Forgive my doubt. I spent many years in school having teachers doing their level best to beat the “habitudes” out of me. I’m 70 now and seen generations of children follow me through the gauntlet suffering the same. Anyone who attempts to change the system goes forward with my blessings.

  • Angela Maiers

    Thank you Jack! That is why we need the Habitudes…we must perservere!

  • Cheryl Doig

    I agree Angela. I understand Jack’s frustrations. Yet I also believe that the last year has started to tip the balance because technology has moved the landscape of learning. My work is in leadership for the future. We have to grow leaders who will encourage the ‘habitudes’ so that the system grows its thinking. There are growing options to ‘schools’ and it is only the professional educator, who focuses on the future, who has the support and personal courage, that will be present in five years. I’m looking forward to the stories that will start creating the pathways. Thanks for a great 2013 initiative.

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