Martin Luther King Jr. understood that  “Love is a potent instrument for social and collective transformation.”  If you really love your kids and respect their families, you will find a way to bring out the best in them.  

Costa and Kallick went on to develop a series of books on Habits of Mind.  This series can become the basis of a classroom program that teaches and reinforces good thinking habits.  Identified in the series are sixteen specific habits of thought processing that can be taught to students.  Additionally Costa and Kallick identified Attributes of the Habits of Mind, also given below.  

16 Habits of Mind

1. Persisting

2. Managing impulsivity

3. Listening with understanding and empathy

4. Thinking flexibly

5. Thinking about thinking (metacognition)

6. Striving for accuracy

7. Questioning and posing problems

8. Applying past knowledge to new situations

9. Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision

10. Gathering data through all senses

11. Creating, imaging, innovating

12. Responding with wonderment and awe

13. Taking responsible risks

14. Finding humor

15. Thinking interdependently

16. Remaining open to continuous learning

Attributes of the Habits of Mind

Value: Choosing to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors rather than 

other, less productive patterns.

Inclination: Felling the tendency to employ a pattern of intellectual behaviors.

Sensitivity: Perceiving opportunities for, and appropriateness of, 

employing the pattern of behaviors.

Capability: Processing the basic skills and capacities to carry 

through with the behaviors

Commitment: Constantly striving to reflect on and improve performance 

of the pattern of intellectual behaviors.

Policy: Making it a policy to promote and incorporate the patterns of 

intellectual behaviors into actions, decisions, and resolutions of problematic situations.

Titles in this series are:

Discovering and Exploring Habits of Mind (2000)

Activating and Engaging Habits of Mind (2000)

Assessing and Reporting on Habits of Mind (2000)

Integrating and Sustaining Habits of Mind (2000)

Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers (2008)

Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: Sixteen Essential Characteristics for Success (2009)