Habits of Mind Improve Literacy and Numeracy
I was recently at Westbourne Park Primary School in Adelaide South Australia where I presented a Habits of Mind Learning Community of Excellence Award to the school. During the presentation the principal, David Adams, outlined the evidence he has collected that shows the significant impact the Habits of Mind have had on the schools literacy and numeracy results.
The school began significant work with Habits of Mind in 2005 and has been fortunate that literacy and numeracy data was collected both pre and post the implementation of Habits of Mind.
The image below shows the number of students in the upper growth band for literacy in the pre HOM cohort (2005 – 2007) compared to the number of students in the upper growth band for literacy in the HOM cohort (2009 – 11). As you can see there have been significant gains that the school attributes to their focus on Habits of Mind.
A similar result can be seen for the school results in Numeracy.
Although the increase in number of students in the upper growth band in numeracy is fewer than for literacy, the results are still very impressive.