In Visible Learning John Hattie basically says that almost everything we do in our efforts to help students in schools has a positive effect on students. However, much of what we do actually isn’t terribly effective… despite our beliefs in these practices. (For example: Homework)
Next, John Hattie looks at the things that we do that are effective. Here are the ‘Top 15’:
- Self-reported grades/Student expectations
- Piagetian programs
- Response to intervention
- Teacher credibility
- Providing formative evaluation
- Classroom Discussion
- Comprehensive interventions for learning disabled students
- Teacher clarity
- Reciprocal teaching
- Teacher-student relationships
- Spaced vs mass practice
- Meta-cognitive strategies
The teacher plays such a big role in creating the opportunities and environments that invite learning.
Now let’s take a shift from these videos and look at John Seely Brown on Entrepreneurial Learning. As you watch this, think about teachers as entrepreneurial learners. When John speaks about Harry Potter inspired writing, think about teachers passionately blogging about education.
When John speaks of World of Warcraft, think about teachers creating knowledge ecologies and students creating learning ‘dashboards’. When he speaks about blogging, think about yourself reading this now, think about how a blog post I wrote over a year ago on the future of education recently got a comment by Brad Ovenell-Carter which shared a link to the video below. Think about this visible learning!
When John speaks of the One Room Schoolhouse, think of our One World that is so intricately connected…
The Global One-Room Schoolhouse: John Seely Brown (Highlights from his “Entrepreneurial Learner” Keynote at DML2012) from DML Research Hub.
It’s time for educators to spend more time thinking about learning, and learning about learning. We are not in the teaching business, we are in the learning business. Let’s be role model learners, let’s share our learning publicly, let’s accept that sometimes we’ll fail, but know that we are getting better all the time… and so are our students.