6. Habits of Mind

Striving for Accuracy and Precision:
“A man who has committed a mistake and does not correct it is committing another mistake ”
– Confucius

For the first term of English, the movie ‘Billy Elliot’ was chosen as the text the year level was going to study. The end assessment task was to write an essay about the film techniques presented in the film. I chose Music as the particular technique I was going to focus on.
In order to write my essay and complete the task to a high standard I had to apply the Habit of Mind ‘Striving for Accuracy and Precision’. I had to strive to write my essay with the correct structure and accurately support my arguments with evidence from the movie.

Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations:
“I’ve never made a mistake, I’ve only learnt from experience.”
– Thomas Edison

The Psychology assignment I completed this term was based on attitudes, discrimination and stereotypes. All topics learnt in the unit were applied to the movie ‘Mean Girls’. To complete such a task I had to apply my past knowledge to new situations. I applied what I had learnt in my classes and interpreted them so they fit into the context of the movie.

Thinking Interdependently:
“Take care of each other. Share your energies with the group. No one must feel alone, cut off, for that is when you do not make it.”
– Willie Unsoeld (Renowned Mountain Climber)

The work sample I uploaded onto my blog for this subject was a group task. Like any other group activity, I was required to work cooperatively with my partner (Elyse Defilippis) to complete our replica of a strand of ‘DNA’ made from lollies. I applied this particular habit of mind to the task as I needed such skills to complete the task successfully with my partner.

Creating, Imagining and Innovating:
“The future is not someplace we are going to but one we are creating.The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.”
– John Schaar (Political Scientist & Author)

The task I was assigned in this class required a lot of creating, imaging and innvoating. The assessment task was to write our own story or novel. The topic was broad and open so the English Enrichment class was able to write about whatever each stuent pleased. The genre I chose to base my story on was drama and thriller. My plot revolved around a middle-aged women who preyed on helpless young men.
To write a story from scratch, I had to be creative and visualise my characters as well as desribe them in such a way that the readers were able to picture what I was thinking. The concept and storyline of the ‘novel’ took a lot of imagination to conjure but was very fun to write.

“Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.”
– Marabel Morgan (Author) 

To achieve my goals mentioned on the previous page, I was very persistent and strived to do my best in all three areas (Educational, Social and Organisatinal).