Why Habits of ELA?

So what’s the title of this blog mean anyway? That’s a valid question and an important one to answer.

Habits of ELA is a play on the “habits of mind” that the Council of Writing Program Administrators put forth as a part of its Frameworks for Success in Postsecondary Writing. Habits of mind are a useful starting point for all teachers, but especially for teachers of ELA. These habits enable our students to be successful; building these habits will ensure that our students are college and career ready.

The habits of mind include:*

  1. Curiosity – the desire to know more about the world.
  2. Openness – the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
  3. Engagement – a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
  4. Creativity – the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
  5. Persistence – the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short-and long-term projects.
  6. Responsibility – the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
  7. Flexibility – the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
  8. Metacognition – the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

Not only is this blog committed to promoting these habits of mind, but so, too, is my teaching. Therefore, these habits of mind are an important starting point for this blog because they greatly impact what and how I teach my students.

This blog is entitled Habits of ELA because throughout my reflections (habit 8, anyone?), I will explore and expand on different ways I attempt to help my students build these crucial habits.

I look forward to sharing more about my teaching with you, and I hope you will also be willing to share with me through the comment sections!

*Definitions of the habits of mind are taken directly from the Frameworks (link above).


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