Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What is a reading list without Hattie?

How could I forget John Hattie?  While reading his tome, Visible Learning: A Synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement, I uncovered many lines worth highlighting, but since I borrowed the book, I refrained! 
"The greater the challenge, the higher the probability that one seeks and needs feedback, but the more important it is that there is a teacher to provide feedback and to ensure that the learner is on the right path to successfully meeting the challenges."
But I could not skip that one above from page 24 discussing learners and teachers.
During classroom walk-thoughs this year, I noticed many situations warranting and receiving feedback!  (Great job teachers of WMS)  According to Hattie, appropriate feedback is a major contributor to student growth! (0.73)  It also builds esteem, confidence and tents to recalibrate the locus of control back to within the students.  Students begin to take ownership and responsibility for their learning.

After getting preliminary MAP data, everything is viewed through the successes and challenges faced during last year’s efforts and reporting.  Working through Hattie's first 3 chapters has both confirmed a few things but energized me for the upcoming year. 

Pushing and prodding, extolling and encouraging while listening and observing to grow and progress in student terms of success in achievement.
Whats next? What is going to change?  What will be different?  I have some ideas but together, we work to build effectively, efficiently and around students needs using research based activities!
 John Hattie
Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement

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