What I learned about...
Earlier this week, I attended a Grant Wood event to learn more from John Hattie and Steve Ventura about Visible Learning. Visible Learning isn't a particular program or initiative, but instead it's a study of the relative effectiveness of educational methods that are already in place. Some of what I heard surprised and intrigued me, but the bottom line, for me, was the importance of teachers. Teachers have the strongest effect on student learning, especially those teachers who build strong relationships with students and set high but achievable goals for student learning. They give specific feedback rather than praise, and they measure their success based on their impact on student learning. Below, I'll share a few resources from the Visible Learning website that I think might interest you.
The infographic below was published in Educational Leadership's “Feedback for learning” (Vol. 70/1), and provides information about what feedback is and how to use it effectively. If you want to read more about this, click here.
Poster for classroom use
If you're interested in started small with a classroom sign showing the mindsets of learners, Steve Ventura shared a personalized copy with me for our district's use. Let me know if you'd like a copy for your classroom or if you'd like to learn more about it!