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Becoming an Assessment-Capable Visible Learner, Grades 3-5: Teacher's Guide

By: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie, Karen T. Flories

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Agency, self-regulation—for far too long we’ve chased these outcomes without a plan. With this Teacher’s Guide, you’ve got the plan. Designed for use with Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learner Student Notebooks, it provides lessons and tools that help students be clear on what they want to learn, and how to make that happen for themselves.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506391083
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: December 15, 2018

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As Fisher, Frey and Ness put it, “Imagine a third grader being able to articulate his metacognitive process in saying, “When I get stuck, I know I need to reread what I just finished.’ ”

The Teacher’s Guide to Becoming a Visible Learner, Grades 3–5 walks you through the process of using the Learner’s Notebook (one for every student) to teach students how to do just that: become their own teachers, as they learn to identify for themselves the strategies and tools they need to keep moving forward in their learning.

The Learner’s Notebook puts foundational metacognitive skills within reach of all your students, leading the way for them to understand what they’re learning, why they’re learning it, and the strategies they’ll be using along the way. The result? Students become more motivated and focused.

Step by step, this Teacher’s Guide will show you how to help your students thrive as visible learners, revealing:

  • The core components of Visible Learning, and their impact on students’ development
  • The importance of using learning goals and success criteria
  • How to use the student notebook’s metaphor of a trip to engage students in understanding and preparing for their learning journey, as well as “checking the map” to assess their own progress
  • How the notebook’s Picture, Prompt and Paragraph structure allows individual students to work with the approach that’s best for them

Designed for fast and easy implementation, and structured to support an entire school year’s worth of learning, this ready resource offers you a clear framework for bringing Visible Learning success to every student in your classroom.



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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is a credentialed teacher and leader in California. In 2022, he was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame by the Literacy Research Association. He has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as Welcome to Teaching, PLC+, Teaching Students to Drive their Learning, and Student Assessment: Better Evidence, Better Decisions, Better Learning.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey is professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Nancy was a teacher, academic coach, and central office resource coordinator in Florida. She is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. She has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as The Artificial Intelligences Playbook, How Scaffolding Works, How Teams Work, and The Vocabulary Playbook.

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John Hattie

John Hattie, PhD, is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly thirty years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly thirty years synthesizing more than 2,100 meta-analyses comprising more than one hundred thousand studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over three hundred international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to education. His notable publications include Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn; Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12; and 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning.
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Karen T. Flories

Karen Flories was the Executive Director of Educational Services for 5 years and Director of Literacy and Social Studies for 2 years with Valley View School District in Illinois, after serving as the English Department Chair for Romeoville High School. Karen’s classroom experience includes high school English, special education, and alternative education. Karen holds credentials in general education, special education, and educational leadership. She earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University. During her time at the district level, Karen led the implementation of Visible Learning+, specifically focusing on teacher clarity, classroom assessment, and feedback. Karen is the co-author of The PLC+ Activator’s Guide, PLC+: Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design, and The PLC+ Playbook, Grades K-12. She is currently a full-time professional learning consultant for Corwin.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

What is Visible Learning?

Effect Size

The Notebook


How to Use the Notebook

Part 2: Student Lessons

Lesson 1. Setting Learning Goals

Lesson 2. Becoming an Assessment-Capable Visible Learner

Lesson 3. Learning Intentions and Success Criteria - How They Support Your Learning

Lesson 4. What Does Success Look Like?

Lesson 5. Using Success Criteria to Keep Track of Your Progress

Lesson 6. Taking on the Learning Challenge - Part 1

Lesson 7. Taking on the Challenge of Learning - Part 2

Lesson 8. Learning How to Learn

Lesson 9. Is It Time For Feedback?

Lesson 10. Seeing Errors as Opportunities to Learn

Lesson 11. Self-Questioning to Guide Your Learning

Lesson 12. Peer Teaching with Think Alouds

Lesson 13. Teaching Your Classmates with Reciprocal Teaching

Part 3: Additional Tools and Templates

1. Student Learning Goal Template

2. Assessment-Capable Visible Learner Self-Assessment

3. Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Self-Assessment

4. Co-Constructing Success Criteria Template

5. Self-Assessing Your Progress Using Success Criteria Template

6. Taking on the Challenge of Learning

7. Taking on the Challenge of Learning - Part 2

8. Study Skills Checklist

9. Is It Time for Feedback? Checklist

10. Reflecting on Errors as Opportunities to Learn Template

11. Using Self-Questioning to Guide Your Learning Template

12. Checklist for Peer Teaching with Think Alouds

13. Student Sentence Starters for Reciprocal Teaching

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