• Habit

    Short Explanation

    Long Explanation

    Tie to Personalized Learning

    Workplace Relevance

    Habit 1 — Be Proactive

    You're in Charge

    I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

    The epitome of the “voice and choice” that permeates Personalized Learning; whose tenets are built on student agency

    Employers value folks that take initiative, have responsibility and character, and take ownership of their actions.

    Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

    Have a Plan

    I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

    The Learner Profile is a great example of the strategic and tactical planning developed by this habit

    Planning is vital in the workplace, whether a formal plan or just working a “to-do” list; ensuring things get done

    Habit 3 — Put First Things First

    Work First, Then Play

    I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

    21st Century skills and authentic learning.  This is a vital skill that will help keep you on target to plan and achieve your goals

    Learning how to prioritize what’s important and work a plan with focus and discipline is valuable in the 21st century workplace

    Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

    Everyone Can Win

    I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

    Authentic learning and 21st century skills via teamwork, problem solving, and proactive conflict resolution

    Learning that you never “win” a workplace conflict; and instead need skills to work through potential issues

    Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

    Listen Before You Talk

    I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

    Competency -based, authentic learning.  One listens and learns, then asks clarifying questions and demonstrates mastery

    A valuable skill in business meetings and other interactions.  Employers value knowledge that you have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason

    Habit 6 — Synergize

    Together Is Better

    I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

    Another 21st century skill as students learn the value of a team being greater than the sum of its parts. Also the self-assessment piece of learner profile to see how they fit in

    Cross-functional teams, openness to other ideas, embracing constructive criticism, seizing advantages of a diverse and complementary work team are hallmarks of 21st century business success

    Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw

    Balance Feels Best

    I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help

    Authentic learning and learner profile tenets fit with this evaluation & maintenance habit

    Preventative maintenance of both equipment and human resources is vital for longevity of both.