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Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades K-5

by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and John Hattie Corwin Press
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Pbk 272 pages
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It could happen at 10:10 a.m. in the midst of interactive writing, at 2:30, when listening to readers, or even after class, when planning a lesson. The question arises: How do I influence students’ learning–what’s going to generate that light bulb Aha-moment of understanding?


In this sequel to their megawatt best seller Visible Learning for Literacy, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie help you answer that question by sharing structures and tools for effective literacy instruction that have high-impact on learning - and insights on which stage of learning they have that high impact.


With their expert lessons, video clips, and online resources, you can deliver sustained, comprehensive experiences in phonics, guided reading, interactive writing, content-area discussions - in virtually all you teach:


  • Mobilizing Visible Learning: Use lesson design strategies based on research that included 500 million plus students to develop self-regulating learners able to “see” the purpose of what they are learning - and their own progress.


  • Teacher Clarity: Articulate daily learning intentions, success criteria, and other goals; understand what your learners understand, and design high-potency experiences for all students.


  • Direct Instruction: Embrace modeling and scaffolding as a critical pathway for students to learn new skills and concepts.


  • Teacher-Led Dialogic Instruction: Guide reading, writing, and thinking by using questioning and other teacher-led discussion techniques to help learners to clarify thinking, disagree respectfully, and reach consensus.


  • Student-Led Dialogic Learning: Foster cognitive growth with peer-mediated learning - reciprocal teaching, QAR, fish bowl, and more.


  • Independent Learning: Ensure that students deepen learning by designing relevant tasks that enable them to think metacognitively, set goals, and develop self-regulatory skills.


  • Tools to Use to Determine Literacy Impact: Know what your impact truly is with these research-based formative assessments for K-5 learners.


With Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, take your students from surface to deep to transfer learning. It’s all about using the most effective practices - and knowing WHEN those practices are best leveraged to maximize student learning.


Chapter 1. Mobilizing Visible Learning for Literacy
Visible Learning for Literacy
Components of Effective Literacy Learning
Knowledge of How Children Learn
Developmental View of Learning
Meaningful Experiences and Social Interaction
Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning
Phases of Reading Development
Phases of Writing Development
Formats and Scheduling
Time Organization
Across a Week
Across Content Areas
Spotlight on Three Teachers
Chapter 2. Teacher Clarity
Understanding Expectations in Standards
Learning Intentions in the Language Arts
Student Ownership of Learning Intentions
Connecting Learning Intentions to Prior Knowledge
Make Learning Intentions Inviting and Engaging
Social Learning Intentions
Success Criteria in Language Arts
Success Criteria Are Crucial for Motivation
Chapter 3. Direct Instruction
Teacher Modeling
Pair With Think-Alouds
The “Ia and “Whya of Think-Alouds
Students Should Think Aloud, Too
Checking for Understanding
Use Questions to Probe Student Thinking
Guided Instruction
Formative Evaluation During Guided Instruction
Independent Learning
Fluency Building
Spiral Review
Chapter 4. Teacher-Led Dialogic Instruction
Effective Talk, Not Just Any Talk
Foster Deep Learning and Transfer
Listen Carefully
Facilitate and Guide Discussion
Teacher-Led Tools for Dialogic Instruction
Anticipation Guides
Guided Reading
Write Dialogically With Shared Writing
Language Experience Approach
Interactive Writing
Close and Critical Reading
Chapter 5. Student-Led Dialogic Learning
The Value of Student-to-Student Discussion
The Social and Behavioral Benefits of Peer-Assisted Learning
Fostering Collaborative Discussions
Teach Children to Develop Their Own Questions
Student-Led Tools for Dialogic Learning
Collaborative Reasoning
Gallery Walks
Literature Circles
Readers Theatre
Reciprocal Teaching
Peer Tutoring
Chapter 6. Independent Learning
Finding Flow
Learning Words Independently
Independently Working With Words
Open and Closed Concept Word Sorts
Vocabulary Cards
Spelling Words
Word Games
Building Fluent Readers
Reading Into Recorder
Neurological Impress Model
Independent Reading
Independent Writing
Power Writing
Extended Writing Prompts
Big Ideas About Independent Learning
Does It Promote Metacognition?
Does It Promote Goal-Setting?
Does It Promote Self-Regulation?
Chapter 7. Tools to Use in Determining Literacy Impact
Do You Know Your Impact?
Do You Know Your Collective Impact?
Assessing Emergent and Early Readers
Language Comprehension
Early Language Learning Assessments
Concepts About Print
Yopp-Singer Test of Phoneme Segmentation
Sight Words
Decoding Assessments
Letter Identification
Assessing Reading of Meaningful Text
Miscue Analysis
Assessing Developing Readers
Assessing Reading Comprehension
Informal Reading Inventories
Cloze Procedure
Reading Fluency
Metacomprehension Strategies Index
Assessing Attitudes Toward Reading
Elementary Reading Attitude Survey
Assessing Spelling
Assessing Writing Fluency
Assessing Writing Holistically
Literacy Design Collaborative Student Work Rubrics
Assessing Writing Attitude and Motivation
Writing Attitude Survey
Why Assess? Know Your Impact
Compendium of Assessments
Appendix: Effect Sizes

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.


Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is Professor of Literacy in the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. The recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference, she is also a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College and a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California.


Dr. John Hattie has been Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, since March 2011. He was previously Professor of Education at the University of Auckland. His research interests are based on applying measurement models to education problems. He is president of the International Test Commission, served as advisor to various Ministers, chaired the NZ performance based research fund, and in the last Queens Birthday awards was made “Order of Merit for New Zealand” for services to education. He is a cricket umpire and coach, enjoys being a Dad to his young men, besotted with his dogs, and moved with his wife as she attained a promotion to Melbourne. Learn more about his research at color=blue>