Habits of Mind Time Capsule in 6 Steps


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“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.”

 John C. Maxwell

The Habits of Mind has played an important role in classrooms all around the world for the past 25 years. These important habits have helped shape classroom cultures and student outlook and performance. It is only fitting that we celebrate the wonderful success of Bena Kallick and Art Costa twenty-five years later! Below you’ll find the steps that the students in my class took to imagine what the world will be like in the year 2043.

Steps to create a time capsule submission:

  1. Review the Habits of Mind
  2. Create a frame of reference
  3. Brainstorm ideas.
  4. Write a first draft
  5. Edit, revise, write a fancy copy
  6. Create a Flipgrid video

1. Review

Before beginning this activity, I decided to review the Habits Of Mind with my students. We discussed each habit, paying special attention the ones they use most often. We reviewed the meaning of each and shared examples of each one. After this, I showed them two HOM videos:

Maria from Habits of Mind Animations Talks About Time Capsules

Habits of Mind Turns 25!

2. Establishing a Frame of Reference

When getting students to think about the future, it is important to give them a frame of reference. They need something to pull their ideas from, so discussion is imperative- and the more discussions you have, the better the final product will be. I shared two videos with students. One showing what schools of the future might look like and the second one showing “Jetman” from Dubai. Check out these examples at the following links:

A School of The Future

“Jetman” …Humans Take Flight

3. Brainstorming Ideas

Following class discussions about what the future might hold, I invite the children to complete a “Chalk-Talk”, which is a silent “discussion” about a given topic. While soft music is played, students are free to write their thoughts on the chalk-talk and respond to one other’s ideas as well. Here is a link that explains the Chalk-Talk from Ron Ritchart’s book, “Making Thinking Visible”.

Chalk Talk Routine Explained

4. Writing a Rough Draft

In order to narrow down the focus of this piece, children were encouraged to focus on two main points in their writing. They had to mention a fact about life in 2043 and mention how their favorite Habit of Mind can apply to students in 2043. Here is an example from Derek, a wise first grader:

“Greetings! I hope your teacher has rocket boots! In 2018, my teacher did not. Keep up the great work you are doing in your hover school. Keep persisting! I know it’s hard to learn to fly your rocket boots to school but keep trying. Persisting was a great habit of mind back in 2018. If you learn to persist, you can do anything!” – Derek, Grade 1

5. Fancy Copy

As part of our first grade program, we spend much of the year learning about the writing process. Children are taught editing marks and learn to work with constructive feedback both from their teacher and their peers. Revising, editing and rewriting was the next step in our process.


6. Flipgrid

An added focus of our Time Capsule entry is to create a Flipgrid Video about life in 2043 and how The Habits of Mind will be useful. Flipgrid is a wonderful and easy video response tool that is both teacher friendly and student friendly. It is also free! My students have used Flipgrid throughout the year for various projects. We introduced ourselves to each other through videos at the beginning of the year, we created a band and performed in our science unit when we learned about sound, and we even made up birthday songs for our wonderful principal! To find out more about Flipgrid, click the link:

Flipgrid for The Classroom

I am excited to see and hear all of the Time Capsule entries from schools and children all around the world. I know how The Habits of Mind have impacted not only my performance as a teacher, but my personal life as well. Cheers to The Habits of Mind, Bena Kallick and Art Costa! Happy 25th Birthday!


Please send in your submissions to:



Wonder Media

ATTN: Habits of Mind Time Capsule

16530 Ventura Blvd. Suite 600

Encino, CA 91436

Laura Fitzpatrick has been an Early Childhood Educator in South Florida for 16 years. She is an avid blogger, presenter, and most recently, a published author of her first children’s book, “Words Glow…Minds Grow”, published through The Institute for The Habits of Mind. Laura is passionate about weaving the Habits of Mind into her classroom and into her curriculum.

Follow her on Twitter: @Misfitz333 and https://wordsglowmindsgrow.wordpress.com


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