…with John Hattie, I would shake his hand and thank him. Okay, for those of you who know me well, know I would actually hug him and then thank him ~ most likely before I even introduced myself. Those around me would be embarrassed, for themselves and for me, and I probably wouldn’t even notice if the interaction was awkward. I would just be in awe.
I’ve spent time this summer digging into what really matters in education…topics ~ concepts ~ people… who, I believe, influence the ideas I have swirling around in my head about what counts…WHAT REALLY COUNTS…for all learners. Some of my thinking is inspired by re-reading “old friends” hanging out on my bookshelf. I’ve also been inspired by some new friends. It has been a summer of centering. A summer of defining and re-defining. A summer of reading and a summer of writing. What fun it’s been!
John Hattie says that, “Visible Learning means an enhanced role for teachers as they become evaluators of their own teaching. Visible Learning and teaching occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.” We all know John Hattie is smart, but what strikes me is the logic behind all of his thinking. He knows that it isn’t until we (educators) set our own goals, reflect on our own practices and look for evidence to support growth (or lack thereof) ~ coupled with learning with and from our students, their ideas, their work, and their reflections ~ that we can really support them as independent thinkers, readers, writers, talkers, and doers of the world. Furthermore, when teachers create their own feedback cycle for growth, it affords them the know-how to provide like opportunities for their students.
Since I don’t currently have a lunch date on my calendar with Dr. Hattie, I will have to work to honor his research by putting his findings into action. As I launch into the new school year, I am going to do my best to stay focused on my beliefs related to:
- Student evidence as the cornerstone for ALL of our work ~ http://dianesweeney.com/
- Feedback ~ http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept12/vol70/num01/EL-Takeaways.aspx
- Formative assessment as a bridge between teaching & learning ~ https://www.nwea.org/blog/2012/dylan-wiliam-the-5-formative-assessment-strategies-to-improve-student-learning/
- Designing through big ideas, enduring understandings & learning targets as a tribute in action to Grant (I miss our chats, buddy!) ~ http://www.authenticeducation.org/
- Building Community ~ I’ve spent the summer focused on this topic…stay tuned for another blog post!
- The Art of Reflection ~ http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/08/18/how-we-think-john-dewey/
I’ve got a lot to do. If only I had a date for lunch…