Sidebar: Anzar High School’s Habits of Mind

Evidence: What do I know and how do I know it?

  • What are all the choices?
  • Show the evidence.

Perspective: What are the biases-mine and others?

  • What do I already know from my past experiences, and what’s my bias?
  • What is the bias of the research used?
  • What are alternative points of view?
  • What did I learn from the experiences of others?
  • Walk in someone else’s shoes.

Extension: What are the deeper implications?

  • How might this affect the future?
  • What if something changed?
  • Is there a pattern here?
  • How does this connect to other issues and ideas?
  • Going beyond what you know…

Relevance: What difference does this make?

  • Why is this important to me?
  • How can I use this?
  • How does this issue influence the community?
  • How is this important to my community?
  • What can people do with this information?

Reflection: What did I learn?

  • What other questions does this bring up?
  • Has what I’ve done changed my ways of thinking?