Introduction In 2014/15, Basalt Middle School rolled out a revised set of core values based on the Roaring Fork School District's visioning process. The acronym that defines our Habits of a Scholar is "ExPECT." Expect stands for core values in Executive Skills, Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Compassion, and Teamwork. Additionally Basalt Middle School emphasizes Growth Mindset and Academic Responsibility.
Habits matter for a lifetime! A tenet of growth mindset thinking is that we have control over what we excel at and what we don’t. If you spend enough time attempting to learn something, eventually you can learn it. Want to learn to play the guitar? Practice, take lessons, and practice some more. Through hard work, smart strategies, and dedication over time, instead of strumming discord you’ll be strumming music. But does the same growth mindset belief apply to character education? The research indicates a resounding yes. Education writer Jessica Lahey notes that “schools that teach character education report higher academic performance, improved attendance, reduced violence, fewer disciplinary issues, reduction in substance abuse, and less vandalism. … Students who attend character education schools report feeling safer because they know their fellow students value respect, responsibility, compassion and hard work.” Character clearly can be developed within a school culture for the benefit of an entire school community and a lifetime.