McCallie Habits of Mind

We call them the Habits of Mind.

They are the 14 habits that McCallie boys should have when they leave the Ridge, and they are baked in to the planning of every class offered at McCallie. It's a wholistic approach to academics, and we think it's part of what makes McCallie an exceptional place to learn.
 
The habits were the result of intense work by McCallie's faculty and administration, developing qualities that transcend any one class, but that are vital to a boy's success in college and in life after school. Every course is examined to determine which habits it helps to develop, and a boy's time at McCallie is mapped over the various courses he might take to ensure that he's getting the chance to build every habit.
 
The end result: McCallie boys graduate ready to thrive and lead in today's world -- and tomorrow's.

Critical Thinking
Ability to actively and skillfully conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and/or evaluate information. Involves identifying validity of offered facts and sources, and reading critically.

Problem Solving
Ability to conceptualize the various pieces of a challenge, and to develop a process to use relevant resources to reach solutions that work within the given context.

Curiosity/Questioning
Motivation to build on learned material to uncover additional understanding. Involves the ability and drive to ask incisive questions and the skills to pursue relevant research to gain new insights.

Resilience/Grit
Ability to recognize failures as learning opportunities and to dig in deeper when challenges become hard. Involves committing to a work ethic when under pressure, developing strategies to push forward, and doing both with honor and integrity.

Communication
Ability to express articulately a range of ideas and emotions through verbal and written form. Involves identifying best methods for various topics and situations and knowing when and where to voice thoughts.

Rhetoric/ Argumentation
Ability to organize thoughts and to develop cogent and persuasive evidence-based arguments. Involves ability to research relevant facts.

Collaboration
Ability to work together with various sized groups to achieve a common goal. Involves awareness how to best use each individual’s talents.

Creativity
Ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, and patterns, to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations. Involves looking at problems from novel perspectives and developing innovative responses/solutions.

Confidence
Belief in one’s own ability to make sense of the world and to reach chosen or designated goals. Involves possessing enough knowledge of content and context and knowing how to operate within both.

Compassion
Ability to recognize the situations others are experiencing and how they perceive the world because of it. Involves a desire to assuage existing suffering.

Emotional IQ
Ability to harness and to manage both personal emotions and the emotions of others in a group to produce positive outcome.

Cross-Cultural Understanding
Ability to understand and to appreciate how people from different cultures speak, communicate, and perceive the world around them.

Sense of Service
Motivation to recognize the role we can (and must) play by giving of ourselves and of our talents to make a positive difference in the world around us.

Computing/ Technological Savvy
Ability to learn and to use academic technology strategically. Involves comfortability with programming logic and widely used generic programs like Google Docs/Excel and presentation/webinar technology.