Joseph Rogers Primary School

April 4, 2016

John Hattie and Visible Learning

This was an article that I wrote in the fall 2014 and thought it served as a good reminder at this time of the year.

Below are some of the most successful practices according to John Hattie and research he has done that make a difference in a student's education. Some of these you are incorporating into your classrooms daily. What a difference you can and are making with these effective practices and strategies!

Here are a few of the most effective practices for student growth and student achievement.

  • Self-reported grades (students tracking data and owning the data and setting goals) Example for Self-reported grades: Before a test, ask each student to write down what grade that he or she expects to achieve. Use this information to engage the student to try to perform even better. This could also be used for reading goals. The importance of doing this was also reiterated in an email I received earlier this week (and forwarded to you) from Angela Jackson, Director of Special Education.
  • Feedback - are you giving specific feedback to your students. Are you saying good job or are you making sure they know what they did a good job on. "Good Job on writing your topic sentence. I know what your story is going to be about because your topic sentence was specific told me what the story was about.
  • Teacher Student Relationships - take the time to talk to and learn about your students. What do they like, what did they do this weekend, where are they going for Thanksgiving etc. Students love to talk and will be happy to share with you anything that you ask. I know most of you do this daily. Thank you for taking the time to ask, your kids thank you for being interested, and their parents are thankful you care.
  • Teacher Clarity - helping students understand the relationships between topics and make connections between what is taught and their own experiences.
  • Reciprocal Teaching - let the students take a turn at teaching a small group lesson. They will plan the teaching and the benefits from having to teach will be worth it because what they can teach you know they truly understand.

YOU are the ones who make a difference everyday while your students are in your classrooms. I know you are working hard every day. Thank you for being that difference maker in your student's lives.

Glad to be in a school where relationships and students are important,


Just a note - here are two things that have the least amount of influence on learning (according to Hattie) - retention and homework. Make sure that everything you do has a purpose.

Calendar of Events

fun times at jrp

April 4-6 - Individual Teacher data conferences; bring student data with you to the conference

April 7 - Support Staff Appreciation Day

April 8 - cap and gown pictures for Pre-K and 2nd grade; Report Cards go home; popcorn and drink

April 11-15 - Book Fair

April 12 - Sonya's big night at the Teacher of the Year banquet!

April 13 - I will be out at the Integrated Leadership Course

April 13 and 15 - 1st grade field trip to Hands-On

April 15 - 2nd grade Parent involvement activity

April 18 - faculty meeting

April 19 - parent conferences

April 20 - I will be out at the Integrated Leadership Course

April 21 - Family Breakfast

April 26 - 2nd grade field trip

April 27 - Secretary's Day

April 29 - progress reports

May 5 - Blooming Readers


In every childhood there is a moment when a door opens and lets in the future.

-Graham Greene

What sort of doors will open for children in your life today?

-Kid President