When you start on your journey, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge.
—C. P. Cavafy, The Journey to Ithaca
Seeking full implementation of the Habits of Mind has defined our journey of almost two decades in the Tahoma School District in Washington State. We are committed to a curriculum designed to prepare our students for living and working in the 21st century. Our journey officially began when we adopted a set of outcomes in 1990 that captured the district's learning goals for our students. These include becoming self-directed learners, collaborative workers, community contributors, quality producers, effective communicators, and complex thinkers. We realized at the time that to achieve the outcomes, students would need to acquire thinking skills and Habits of Mind rather than a specific body of content. Our ambition was to provide opportunities to learn the outcomes at each grade level and in every content area.