The Power of Habit

Why do some individuals struggle while others seem to flow with change – even reinventing themselves as needed?  Is it all based on willpower?  How can we support our students, and ourselves, in the much-needed tool of adaptation?  In today’s Circle we discussed research from work by Charles Duhigg, “The Power of Habit”,  habit loops and their impact on teaching and learning, and the power of WOOP. We hope you enjoyed the session and liked the WOOP and Post It apps. Below you will find your outsourced memory for the session. 

Our Prezi



WOOP method example: Dave Levin at Character Lab from Character Lab on Vimeo.



Click on the image or the link below to get the handout.


Habit Flowcharts from Power of Habit

Links & Further Reading


Post It Plus App – The Post-it® Plus App takes the momentum from your collaboration sessions and keeps it rolling. Simply capture your notes, organize and then share with everyone. It’s that easy. – WOOP (Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan) is also known as Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII) in the scientific literature. It was created as a result of over 20 years of scientific research and has proven to be effective across ages and life domains. There is even an app for students to use if they are interested in changing habits.

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg 

Elder, Linda, Ph.D. and Paul, Richard, Ph.D. 2012, The Foundation for Critical Thinking – The Thinker’s Guide to Analytic Thinking – How to Take Thinking Apart and What to Look for When You Do

Daniel Kahneman, 2011, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux – Thinking Fast and Slow

Kuh, George D.; Kinzie, Jillian; Schuh, Elizabeth J and Associates, 2010, John Wiley and Sons – Student Success in College – Creating Conditions that Matter

Boylan, Hunter R, 2002, National Center for Developmental Education – What Works:  Research-Based Practices in Developmental Education

Roueche, John E. and Suanne, 1994, The American Association of Community Colleges – Between a Rock and a Hard Place – The At-Risk Student in the Open-Door College