Using Habits of Mind this semester when talking about class time lessons and discussions this year was very beneficial to me. The four that stuck out to me to be the most useful where curiosity, persistence, responsibility, and openness.
Curiosity is extremely important in any class as the desire to know more about the world is one of the first things you need before you can actually learn. If you don't really desire to learn, then it is going to be hard for someone to learn in the first place. In this way, curiosity helped me engage more with the class this year because I was curious about this class from the very beginning. I have always loved to write and read about literature, and coming into this class that is exactly how I felt. As the year progressed I kept this sense of curiosity with me especially because this has not been like any other literature class that I've taken. Curiosity will help in all aspects of my life as I move forward. It is the basis for finding new things and I hope it is something that I can continue to use.
All of these habits of mind build on each other and persistence is no different. It is important because often times things that you want or interested in, may start to go away over time. Persistence is important to be able to stick with something and get all that you can out of it. This is one of the habits of mind I used most this semester as some of the things we did where not the most interesting to me. For instance Minecraft has never been very exciting to me as building with blocks to me is boring. However using persistence helped me to realize that even in a game I wouldn't play in my free time, I could build some things that I thought where really cool. Persistence will be a habit of mind extremely necessary I use in the future as most things in life don't come very easy. This habit of mind helps accomplish goals through hard work and is something that will be very valuable to me.
Responsibility is a habit of mind that is one of the most important to me. That is because with a sense of responsibility, most things that you do will end up being a decision that you are happy with. If you understand what your decisions may do, it is easier to make a decision that will be informed and this is very important especially in uphold my own personal integrity. Responsibility helped the whole semester by making sure I turned in my work and took accountability for the things I did wrong and right. Responsibility in this class was important because just like in every class, it helped me make decisions about what I needed to do to succeed. This habit of mind will continue to help me in the same way. It will help me make conscious decisions on what the best thing to do is and help to make sure that I take ownership of my actions.