Visible Learning

Final Summary by Aimee Wheatley

Highlights of my forum entitled ” Visible Learning & John Hattie’s 8 Mindframes”:

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  1. Hattie’s 8 Mindframes were valid and participants felt that they could relate to one or a combination of Hattie’s work.
  2. Instructors have a direct impact on the success or failure of students.
  3. A learning environment where the students feel most supported by teachers by means of diagnosing, intervening and reacting contributes most to student achievement.
  4. A lot of support in regards to mindframe #2 (the success and failure of my students’ learning is about what I do or don’t do, I am a change agent)-received the most votes.

References/Citation for this forum:

  • Winston Churchill, “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough.  Sometimes you must do what is required.” posted by Elaine Lai
  • Hattie’s 8 Mindframes YouTube
  • Isabelle Vilm’s reference to a chart regarding top influences on student achivement: click here.
  • My own reference to how people learn: click here.


Highlights for my other discussion forum entitled: “Can the Teacher see his or her impact on students’ learning?” include:

-stats: 18 replies

  1. teachers serve as role models for students.
  2. self-directed learning is key to lifelong learning.
  3. instructional strategies and the effective use of this will lead to student understanding and satisfaction.
  4. disruptive behavior in class can thwart the best teacher, this contradicts Hattie’s work.
  5. teachers have a direct impact on student achievement.
  6. Seniority versus Effectiveness: a case for arguing “teachers are best identified by their performance, not by their background or experience.


  • Brookfield, S.D. (2006).  The skillful teacher: on technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. (2nd ed.). San Francisco: CA: Jossey-Bass
  • Weimer, S. (2012, April 18).  Faculty Focus. Teaching with confidence; advice for new faculty.
  • Link to movie posted by Jolene:
  • Link to World’s Apart book
  • Link to Tanya’s post: Ramsey Musallam:
  • Link to Talisa’s post on humour in the classroom, & teacher competencies
  • Link to Brenda’s post on Teachers Matter.


Final Summary by Piyu Singh

3 discussion threads

  • What is Visible Learning?   – 15 postings
  • Visible learning and Visible Teaching – 4  postings
  • What Works? (Thanks Doug for starting the thread) – 8  postings


  • Visible learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers
  • Effective influences related to student achievement are :
  • Student self-reporting grades
  • Formative evaluation
  • Teacher clarity
  • Feedback
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Meta-cognitive strategies
  • Self-verbalization/ questioning
  • Teacher professional development
  • Problem-solving teaching
  • Fostering a good student-teacher relationship works to improve learning
  • Positive learning atmosphere welcomes mistakes and this adds to critical thinking and motivation to perform better
  • Feedback which support guided learning, provides encouragement
  • Visible Learning – consists of contributions to achievement from six factors; The Teacher, The student, The Home, The School, Teaching Approaches and The Curriculum
  • Teachers need to provide students with multiple opportunities for developing learning strategies
  •  The Power and Passion of Teachers Collective Experience :
    • Teachers working together as evaluators is an important influences on learning
    • The power of moving from what students know now, towards explicit success- by increasing the level of difficulty
    • Errors and trust are welcomed as opportunities to learn
    • Maximize feedback to teachers about their impact
    • Getting the proportions of surface to deep correct
    • The Goldilocks Principles of challenge and deliberate practice to attain these challenges –reducing the gap between learning and knowing

Articles and References

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John Hattie, Visible Learning Prt 2 Effective Methods

Why Are So Many of Our Teachers and Schools Successful

Know Thy Impact

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