Leading Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind

Personalizing learning is as good for the adults as it is for the kids! This session will demonstrate how using the Habits of Mind can help all school community members become self-directed, participating learners. Often called “soft skills,” Habits of Mind are important for students’ success and build college and career readiness by providing students with the opportunity to make choices, to persist in reaching their goals, and to reflect on their learning.

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PART 1: Making the Case

Video: The Adaptable Mind

Video: Changing the Subject

Article from MindShift Feb 2015: What do we really mean when we say personalized learning?

Blog Post: Click here to read a response from Allison and Bena to clarify personalized learning

PART 2: Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind — The Connection

  • Click here to see a brief overview of 16 Habits of Mind
  • Click 16-habits-of-mind for a deeper dive into each of the 16 Habits
  • 1 pager on key elements of personalized learning and how habits of mind impact the role of teacher and the role of the student PL Elements and Habits of Mind

PART 3: What it Looks Like in Practice

Dr. Eric Chagala of VIDA (Vista, Ca.) and Meghan Ofer of Roxborough (Littleton, Co.) chat with Allison Zmuda about what personalized learning looks like in their schools and what they’ve learned as building principals.

Q1: What does personalized learning look like in your school?

Q2: Is personalized learning appropriate for all students?

Q3: How do you work to grow professional practice?

Q4: As a building principal, what is one lesson you learned the hard way?

Q5: What is one thing you can suggest to a building principal to get started with personalized learning?

Website: 7th Grade teacher Pernille Ripp posts her student blogs

Website: Reinventing 3rd Grade; Douglas County, Colorado

Search on Learning Personalized for High School Biology teacher Craig Gastauer to see his personalized learning journey. Here is his first post to get you started.

Click here for a guest post from 6th grade teacher Noelle Johnson on what personalized learning is and is not in her classroom.


STEM teachers Brian Walach (math) and Dr. Sarah Goldin (science) highlight Greenwich High School’s Innovation Lab, currently wrapping up its inaugural year. The personalized learning program combines classroom lessons with hands-on projects to elevate student learning in English, math, science, and social studies.


PART 4: Growing Capacity around Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind

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Coaching: attribute-printouts-students


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