The major principles and strategies of learning

November 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

On Thursday we are beginning the first session for our book club. @eduruminate has got the ball rolling and suggested John Hattie and Gregory Yates’ ‘Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn’. I’m excited for a number of reasons:

  • Reading new research makes me feel good. I like to know what researchers are investigating and then finding out the implications for teaching and learning. Education is a very exciting field right now. Research is constantly providing new insights and ideas that requires us to evaluate our practices, structures and beliefs.
  • The people in this reading group are going to provide good debate. They are from all different parts of the school and I can guarantee that with the number of different perspectives I will learn things that I would have missed without their contribution. Lately I’ve found that primary teachers provide very helpful strategies for high school teachers because they care about students and they care about learning. (Some high school teachers may be known for just caring about ‘their subject’).

Visible Learning

  • John Hattie has a great reputation for providing insights that are focused on learning. I spend a lot of time focusing on aspects of technology, Maths, leadership, team work and productivity so it will be nice to focus in this direction of student learning.
  • It’s always nice to share learning and so I’m looking forward to tracking the journey of twitter. We’re in the process of confirming a hashtag and I’m pretty sure that #hattiechattie will be used.



§ One Response to The major principles and strategies of learning

  • Donna says:

    Just wondering, did your group get to decide that they wanted to be involved and what research they wanted to read and discuss? I think it’s a great idea, but not if the particular book and area of research is mandated.
    Also, can’t agree more that we can learn a lot from Primary teachers. Connecting with a local Primary school, visiting and talking with teachers a couple of years ago was invaluable.

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