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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




Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781506389981