Standards and Habits of Mind
CTRA scholars will contribute to a just and sustainable world by adhering to the following standards:
Magnet Standard 1: demonstrating self- and global awareness.
- Using self-reflection to identify personal values, interests, strengths and challenges
- Making plans and using strategies and resources to contribute to personal well-being, to the well-being of others and to well-being of the environment.
- Increasing global awareness to improve the efficacy and wisdom of decisions
- Using Habits of Mind to make choices that positively impact our future.
Magnet Standard 2: demonstrating a respect for the importance of diversity in the community of life.
- Communicating an understanding of how diversity impacts our physical, social, and cultural environments
- Seeking diverse ideas and relationships
- Making collaborative and informed decisions
Magnet Standard 3: demonstrating the impact of individual and social actions and decisions on the community of life.
- Communicating an understanding of how choices impact our environments
- Acting individually and collectively to positively impact our environments
Habits of Mind as learning outcomes
Educational outcomes in traditional settings focus on how many answers a student knows. When The Connecticut River Academy teaches for the Habits of Mind, we are interested in how students behave when they don’t know an answer. The Habits of Mind are performed in response to questions and problems, the answers to which are not immediately known. We are interested in enhancing the ways students produce knowledge rather than how they merely reproduce it. We want students to learn how to develop a critical stance with their work: inquiring, editing, thinking flexibly, and learning from another person’s perspective. The critical attribute of intelligent human beings is not only having information but also knowing how to act on it.