Habits of Mind Focus: Listening with Understanding and Empathy
Posted 03/15/2018 10:30PM


As an International Habits of Mind Learning Community, Griswold School has committed to recognizing the importance of supporting students' Habits of Mind in parallel to teaching grade-level standards and curriculum.  The Habits of Mind are based on decades of brain and intelligence research.  According to researchers and philosophers, knowledge and intelligence must be accompanied by these habits for people to be successful in all aspects of life.  What good are knowledge and intelligence if people don't know how to use them, especially when facing adversity, problems, and new situations?  See the link below for more details about all of the Habits of Mind.

Habits of Mind Summary

While all of the Habits of Mind are interconnected, Griswold School is focusing on three specific areas this school year.  Listening with Understanding and EmpathyOur School Families and SOARS Assemblies, as well as various classroom lessons, will focus on these habits.  Our third focus area this school year is LISTENING WITH UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY.  In short, LISTENING WITH UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY is when students work to listen to, focus on, and understand what others are saying.   The goal is to open students up to perceiving others' viewpoints and emotions.

To learn more about LISTENING WITH UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY and all of the Habits of Mind, please visit our professional development partner at The Institute for Habits of Mind.

  • April 2018
    • April 23, 2018 Student Achievement Committee 6:00 PMBOE Library/Conference Room
    • April 23, 2018 BOE Regular Meeting 7:00 PMBoard of Education
    • April 25, 2018 Aft. Prof. Dev. - Early Dismissal District
    • April 25, 2018 Gr. 5 Field Trip - Band Festival 12:15 PMMcGee Middle School
    • April 26, 2018 Gr. 3 Field Trip - Mystic Aquarium
    • April 26, 2018 McTeacher's Night 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM185 New Britain Road, Berlin
    • April 27, 2018 School Store
    • April 27, 2018 Gr. 5 Field Trip - Storrowtown Village Museum 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • May 2018
    • May 2, 2018 Aft. Prof. Dev. - Early Dismissal District

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