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Learner-Focused Feedback

19 Strategies to Observe for Impact
First Edition
By: Amy Tepper, Patrick Flynn

Nineteen strategies help leaders, coaches, and teachers improve their ability to identify desired outcomes, recognize learning in action, collect relevant evidence, and develop effective feedback cultivating a culture of learning in their schools.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544368269
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: February 06, 2020

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New strategies for feedback that supports a culture of learning

The skill set required for observing why students are learning and how teachers influence that is a difficult one to master—yet it’s essential when it comes to driving change and growth in your school. This companion to Feedback to Feed Forward provides a curated collection of strategies to improve your ability to identify desired outcomes, recognize learning in action, collect relevant and accurate evidence, and develop smart, supportive, and effective feedback about a teacher’s impact on learners.

And it’s not just leaders, coaches, and administrators who can use this highly accessible how-to. This time around, Tepper and Flynn also address the needs of teachers who double as observers, whether they’re mentoring new teachers, supporting each other or analyzing the effectiveness of their own teaching. No matter your role, you’ll benefit from their expert guidance, as well as:

· Authentic classroom examples
· Observer think-alouds
· Stories from the field with “Give-It-a-Try” tools and “Stop and Think” questions
· Follow-up steps specific to your role

When classroom observation and feedback are both learner-centered (focused on students) and learning-focused (focused on teachers as learners), they lead to a culture of learning throughout the school. Take this book as your guide, and explore just how effective your feedback can be.

Learner-Focused Feedback has been recognized for focusing on practices that have high effect sizes and will help you translate the groundbreaking Visible Learning research into practice. When educators use strategies that have high effects (greater than 0.40), they can accelerate student achievement. The power of the Visible Learning research lies in helping educators understand which factors have the highest impact on student achievement so that educators can begin making strategic decisions based on evidence that will utilize their time, energy, and resources to the best extent possible. The Visible Learning research is based on Professor John Hattie’s unmatched meta-analysis of more than 1,600 research reviews comprising 95,000 studies, involving more than 300 million students—the world’s largest evidence base on what works best in schools to improve student learning. From that research, Dr. Hattie identified more than 250 factors that have an impact on student achievement.
View a full list of Visible Learning® Supporting Resources



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Amy Tepper

Amy Tepper has served as a teacher, administrator, and program director in various K-12 settings and startups to include virtual, homeschool, blended, and public schools. She held the position of Executive Director of a Sylvan Learning Center, opened an alternative 6th-12th school in Okaloosa County, FL, and later was actively engaged in Florida high school redesign and career education reform, providing technical assistance across the state. Amy had the opportunity to collaborate with a team of parents to develop the Ohana Institute, an innovative blended school, focused on global citizenship and discovery learning, serving as Director in its first year. As a consultant, she provided instructional and administrative coaching at an international school in Panama, before joining ReVISION Learning Partnership in 2013. Amy has since completed countless classroom observations through work as a peer validator evaluating practices in Newark and New Haven schools, and in providing embedded, ongoing support for instructional leaders and teachers in the areas of high quality observation, feedback, and teaching and learning across Connecticut.
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Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn has worked as a teacher, teacher leader, curriculum director, and executive program director in K-12 settings in over eleven different states. As the Executive Director of High Schools for Edison Schools and the Chief Academic Officer for Great Schools Workshop in Sacramento, CA, Patrick worked with building and district administrations in nine states to implement systemic high school reform. He has provided professional learning in the areas of transformational leadership, performance management systems, standards-driven instruction, and data-driven decision-making. Patrick is Founder and Executive Director of ReVISION Learning Partnership, providing professional development and support to districts and educational organizations in CT, NY, NJ, and LA since 2010. He has led several school improvement initiatives in rural and urban settings and internationally in the United Arab Emirates with the Abu Dhabi Education Council. He has presented nationally and internationally, including as a keynote speaker at the Forum on Big Data at the Tianjin University of Technology, in Tianjin, China. ReVISION Learning is highly sought after for its leadership in providing the highest quality professional learning opportunities for teacher, administrators, and district personnel.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Online Resources

Feedback to Feed Forward Strategies



About the Authors

Chapter 1: Why Observe for Impact?

Building a Culture of Learning

Building a Culture of Observation and Feedback

The Skills of Observation

Teachers as Learners

Leaders Leading Learning

What’s Ahead

Chapter 2: What Do You Need to Understand About Learning?

Understanding the Concept of Learning

Overarching Goals for All Learners

Our Three Goals

Cautions for Observers

How the Brain Works

Identifying Learning in Action

Recognizing Impact on Learning

Determining Causal Attribution

Give It a Try

What’s Ahead

Chapter 3: How Can You Prepare for Evidence Collection?

Preobservation Planning

Planning Your Tools

Planning by Using Expectations

Planning to Interact With Learners

Planning Using Learning Goals

Planning Based on Disciplines

Planning Based on Standards

Give It a Try

What’s Ahead

Chapter 4: How Can You Adapt Evidence Collection Upon Arrival?

Your Goals as an Observer

Adapting 101: The Basics

Metacognition in Motion

Making It Count

Timing Is Everything

Using the Learning Goals

Foundational Understandings

Student Ability to Meet Expectations

Give It a Try

What’s Ahead

Chapter 5: How Can You Adapt Evidence Collection as a Lesson Unfolds?

Observing for Learning

Observing for Causal Attribution and Impact

Observing for Good Struggle

Adapting During an Observation

Adapting Based on Active Engagement

Student Notes

Mid-Lesson or End-of-Task/End-of-Lesson Reflections

Adapting Based on Tools and Resources

Adapting Based on Discourse

Give It a Try

What’s Ahead

Chapter 6: How Do You Cultivate a Culture of Learning?

Building a Culture of Learning

Developing Feedback About Impact

Building Trust

Making a Culture Shift

The Six Steps

Final Thoughts

Strategies List

List of Figures





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