Habits of Character and Scholarship

Habits of Character: Habits of Character are habits which all members of our school community, students and staff aspire to. They help us prioritize socio-emotional learning as equal to academic learning and support students in becoming effective community members, ethical people and contributors to a better world.  Habits of Character are emphasized in crew and academic classes, and they drive our school wide norms.

  • I am kind. I support others academically and emotionally.
  • I am open-minded. I recognize that difference makes a stronger community. I learn from others by openly discussing these differences while assuming best intention.
  • I am courageous. I move beyond what is comfortable by taking risks, socially and academically.

 

Habits of Scholarship: Habits of Scholarship support students specifically with being more effective learners. They are explicitly taught and assessed regularly in class through character learning targets which are separated from academic content and skill targets.

  • I am persistent. I know that my ability and competence grow with effort.
  • I am responsible. I am responsible for my own success as well as the success of the community.
  • I am collaborative. I work with others to achieve my goals.

 

Assessment of Habits of Scholarship:

Lower grades:

  • Teams work together to develop grade wide expectations for meeting the learning targets. Students work to build their habits of scholarship over time as teams emphasis additional habits throughout the school year.
  • Habits of scholarship assessments are entered into PupilPath bi-weekly (every two weeks).
  • Students self reflect on their habits of scholarship for the previous 2 weeks, filling out a reflection sheet.  
  • Teachers review reflection sheets, assess students, and confer with students if the grade differs.
  • Teacher assessment entered into PupilPath.
    • Ex: HoS Reflection 9/1-9/15 = AC (accomplished)

Upper Grades:

  • Teaching teams use the Assessment Tracker rubric.
  • Habits of scholarship assessments are entered into PupilPath bi-weekly (every two weeks).
  • Students self reflect on their habits of scholarship for the previous 2 weeks, filling out the reflection sheet below.  
  • Teachers review reflection sheets, assess students, and confer with students if the self-assessment and teacher-assessment differs.
  • Teacher assessment entered into PupilPath.
    • Ex: HoS Reflection 9/1-9/15 = AC (accomplished)