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Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners, Grades K-12

Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners, Grades K-12
Maximizing Skill, Will, and Thrill

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June 2018 | 184 pages | Corwin

“When students know how to learn, they are able to become their own teachers.”
—Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and John Hattie

Imagine students who describe their learning in these terms: “I know where I’m going, I have the tools I need for the journey, and I monitor my own progress.” Now imagine the extraordinary difference this type of ownership makes in their progress over the course of a school year. 

This illuminating book shows how to make this scenario an everyday reality in your classroom — one that will significantly increase your students’ capacity to thrive as they take responsibility for their own learning.

With its foundation in principles introduced in the authors’ bestselling Visible Learning for Literacy, this resource delves more deeply into the critical component of self-assessment. Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners reveals

  • The most effective types of assessment and how each can motivate students to higher levels of achievement
  • How to introduce students to the tools they will use to support their own learning, along with the know-how they need to choose the right tool for any learning challenge
  • How to create a classroom culture where errors are viewed as opportunities to learn
  • The learning strategies, including cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational strategies, that fuel student progress, and how to give students opportunities to use them
  • Real-world examples of the strategies and tools at work, through classroom scenarios contained in the book and online videos accessible via QR codes

As inspiring as it is practical, Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners gives you a clear strategy for empowering each of your students in shaping their own educational success.

About the Authors
Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher, renowned educator-leaders with more than 41 combined years of K-12 and college teaching experience, currently work full-time at HMSHC. Together with John Hattie, they’ve authored an influential series of bestselling books on Visible Learning.

Dr. John Hattie is an internationally acclaimed author, educator and researcher whose innovative Visible Learning research synthesizes 15 years of studies involving millions of students. He is the Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

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Introduction. The Foundation: Visible Learning
Characteristics of Visible Learners  
What Is Visible Learning?  
Chapter 1. Defining Assessment-Capable Visible Learners and the Teachers Who Create Them
What Does It Mean to Learn?  
What Fuels Learning?  
Characteristics of Assessment-Capable Visible Learners  
High-Yield Influences to Build Assessment-Capable Visible Learners  
Chapter 2. Assessment-Capable Visible Learners... Know Their Current Level of Understanding
Confidence in the Teacher  
Recognizing When You Don’t Know Something  
Metacognitive Awareness  
Assessing in Advance of Instruction  
Chapter 3. Assessment-Capable Visible Learners... Understand Where They’re Going and Have the Confidence to Take on the Challenge
Learning Intentions and Success Criteria  
Teacher Clarity  
Clear Explanations and Guided Instruction  
Attention in Learning  
Motivation in Learning  
Self-Efficacy and Self-Regulation  
Chapter 4. Assessment-Capable Visible Learners... Select Tools to Guide Their Learning
Learning How to Learn  
The Effects of Practice on Learning  
Teach Students How to Practice, Study, and Learn  
Problem Solving  
Create Opportunities to Apply Strategies  
Chapter 5. Assessment-Capable Visible Learners... Seek Feedback and Recognize That Errors Are Opportunities to Learn
Feedback Fuels Learning  
A Model of Feedback  
Create Feedback Opportunities  
Soliciting Feedback  
Seeing Errors as Opportunities for Learning (and Celebrating Those Errors)  
Chapter 6. Assessment-Capable Visible Learners... Monitor Progress and Adjust Their Learning
Reflective Self-Questioning  
Collaboration to Foster Self-Questioning  
Self-Questioning to Reflect on Goals  
Planning and Organizing to Adjust Learning  
Chapter 7. Assessment-Capable Visible Learners... Recognize Their Learning and Teach Others
Formative Evaluations That Inform Students  
Interpreting Their Data  
Student-Led Assessments  
Skillful Use of Formative and Summative Evaluation  
Competency-Based Grading  
Peer Learning  
Teaching Each Other With Student Think-Alouds  
Teaching Each Other With Reciprocal Teaching  
Chapter 8. Mindframes of Schools That Create Assessment-Capable Visible Learners
Assessment-Capable Schools Are Filled With Adaptive Learning Experts  
Assessment-Capable Schools Use Strategic and Flexible Grouping  
Mindframes of Assessment-Capable Schools  


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ISBN: 9781506389981