Tie to Personalized Learning
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.