Habits of Mind Discusses ‘The Pact’

The campus community is invited to a group discussion of the novel, The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, and how the novel related to Habits of Mind. The event will take place on March 18 at 3:30 p.m. in rooms 224-6. Participants are encouraged to bring their copy of the book and come prepared to discuss it.

The Pact, by Drs. Samspon Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt, was chosen for this year’s One Book, One College. At Fullerton College, the One Book, One College program selects a book each year to promote literacy and community building across the entire campus. The Pact tells the inspirational story of success and determination.

This is one of several events that students, faculty and staff have been offered to learn more about Habits of Mind, which are aimed at fostering intelligent practice and mindful behavior in order to increase student and professional learning and success.

A product of the Student Success Initiative Committee at Fullerton College, the Habits of Mind program was adapted from 3CSN (California Community College Success Network)’s own Habits of Mind Project and introduced during the college’s 2014 Fall Convocation. Since then, the program continues to challenge students, faculty and staff with the task of adopting 16 skills and using them on a regular basis to increase learning and success inside and outside of the classroom.

The 16 skills include:

  • Persisting, Managing impulsivity
  • Listening with understanding and empathy
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Thinking about your thinking (Metacognition)
  • Striving for accuracy
  • Questioning and problem posing
  • Applying past knowledge to new situations
  • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
  • Gather data through all senses
  • Creating, imagining, and innovating
  • Responding with wonderment and awe
  • Taking responsible risks
  • Finding humor
  • Thinking interdependently
  • Remaining open to continuous learning

Prior to the program’s launch, a select number of students, staff and faculty participated in a trial run of the program and shared their experiences with using the 16 skills during the Habits of Mind presentation at Convocation. They focused specifically on how using the skills have impacted their work, college and life habits.

Fullerton’s Habits of Mind program offers regular workshops and events throughout the semester to continue increasing awareness of the program and its many benefits. The first 2015 event, Neuroscience of Habits of Mind, was lectured by professor of emeritus of biology from Saddleback College, Dr. Chris Riegle. His presentation focused on the neuroscience of learning and what actually happens in the brain as people learn. Relating it back to Habits of Mind, Dr. Riegle discussed the teaching and study practices that best capitalize upon the way the brain works to maximize learning.

To view more information about the Habits of Mind Project by 3CSN, visit their project pagehttp://hom.3csn.org/. For more information about Fullerton College’s Habits of Mind Initiative and for a list of upcoming workshops/events visit their Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/fullertoncollegeHoM.

Author: Jazmin

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