Educators' most important work is to help students develop the intellectual and social strength of character necessary to live well in the world. The way to do this, argue authors Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda, is to increase the say students have in their own learning and prepare them to navigate the complexities they face both inside and beyond the school. This means rethinking traditional teacher and student roles and re-examining goal setting, lesson planning, assessment and feedback practices.
Based on their exciting work in the field, Kallick and Zmuda map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the centre and asks them to employ the set of dispositions for engagement and learning known as the Habits of Mind.
They share the perspectives of educators engaged in this work; highlight the habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities and create performances; and provide tools and recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, sometimes messy, and always meaningful.