by: Angela Maiers

New Classroom Habitudes – More Lessons, More Learning, and More to Come

When I first began writing about The Classroom Habitudes, the conversations around “21st Century Skills” were in full swing. From business to education; classroom to community, the debate on what was a “new skill” or an “always skill” was both controversial and confusing.

Despite numerous white papers, acts of legislation, and newly mandated curriculum, I am not sure if we are any closer to making clear to students the skills, strategies, and competencies they must embody for success now or in their future.

So I set out on a quest to define “21st Century Skills” in my own terms. My research and experience led me to the following conclusions:

21st Century success requires:

  • The ability to see the challenge and the solution, from every angle
  • The ability know what questions to ask and when to ask them
  • The ability to communicate one’s vision passionately and persuasively
  • The ability to connect with others and create an enduring relationship
  • The ability to understand your strengths and the discipline to improve your weaknesses
  • The ability to stand out, stand up, and stand beside and knowing when each is required.
  • The ability to dream, set audacious goals, and believe they can be accomplished
  • The ability to lead, serve, and honor others

Individuals and organizations with these attributes believe they can solve any problem and no challenge is too great.They approach problems with an attitude of optimism, persistence, confidence, and resolution to improve the situation, regardless of context and circumstance.

These abilities are a combination of habits, daily disciplined decisions that successful individuals choose to make, but they also illustrate a new attitude, mindset, and way of thinking about the world and one’s place in it. Together, these disciplined habits and critical mindsets, or Habitudes as I like to call them, provide a comprehensive model for excellence in education.

The new edition of Classroom Habitudes outlines strategics lessons and conversations around the following key Habitudes:

  • Imagination
  • Curiosity
  • Self Awareness
  • Courage
  • Adaptability
  • Perseverance
  • Passion

It is more than a “how-to” guide for teaching 21st Century Skills and competencies. It is a “how-to-be” guide that provides a clear and explicit profile of the learner, worker, and citizen the world is expecting us TO BE.

Whether you are helping students pass algebra or seeking to uncover their spirit of creativity within your organization, these lessons will improve the chances of success in both big and small ventures.


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.

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My greatest hope for the new edition is for you to understand your own strength and power in students’  lives. The vast majority of your learners currently have or once had the Habitudes, but did not see their own ability for public and private greatness. They deserve to know that their passionate curiosity, powerful imaginations, and courageous abilities to adapt from their challenges and take chances matter.

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