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Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K-12


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List of Videos Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Laying the Groundwork for Visible Learning for Literacy The Evidence Base Meta-Analyses Effect Sizes Noticing What Works Learning From What Works, Not Limited to Literacy Teacher Credibility Teacher-Student Relationships Teacher Expectations General Literacy Learning Practices 1. Challenge 2. Self-Efficacy 3. Learning Intentions With Success Criteria Conclusion Chapter 2. Surface Literacy Learning Why Surface Literacy Learning Is Essential Acquisition and Consolidation Acquisition of Literacy Learning Made Visible Leveraging Prior Knowledge Phonics Instruction and Direct Instruction in Context Vocabulary Instruction Mnemonics Word Cards Modeling Word Solving Word and Concept Sorts Wide Reading Reading Comprehension Instruction in Context Summarizing Annotating Text Note-Taking Consolidation of Literacy Learning Made Visible Rehearsal and Memorization Through Spaced Practice Repeated Reading Receiving Feedback Collaborative Learning With Peers Conclusion Chapter 3. Deep Literacy Learning Moving From Surface to Deep Deep Acquisition and Deep Consolidation Deep Acquisition of Literacy Learning Made Visible Concept Mapping Discussion and Questioning Close Reading Deep Consolidation of Literacy Learning Made Visible Metacognitive Strategies Reciprocal Teaching Feedback to the Learner Conclusion Chapter 4. Teaching Literacy for Transfer Moving From Deep Learning to Transfer Types of Transfer: Near and Far The Paths for Transfer: Low-Road Hugging and High-Road Bridging Setting the Conditions for Transfer of Learning Teaching Students to Organize Conceptual Knowledge Students Identify Analogies Peer Tutoring Reading Across Documents Problem-Solving Teaching Teaching Students to Transform Conceptual Knowledge Socratic Seminar Extended Writing Time to Investigate and Produce Conclusion Chapter 5. Determining Impact, Responding When the Impact Is Insufficient, and Knowing What Does Not Work Determining Impact Preassessment Postassessment Responding When There Is Insufficient Impact Response to Intervention Screening Quality Core Instruction Progress Monitoring Supplemental and Intensive Interventions Learning From What Doesn't Work Grade-Level Retention Ability Grouping Matching Learning Styles With Instruction Test Prep Homework Conclusion Appendix: Effect Sizes References Index

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He has served as a teacher, language development specialist, and administrator in public schools and non-profit organizations, including 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative, a time of increased student achievement in some of San Diego's urban schools. Doug has engaged in Professional Learning Communities for several decades, building teams that design and implement systems to impact teaching and learning. He has published numerous books on teaching and learning, such as Assessment-capable Visible Learners and Engagement by Design. Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading. Professor John Hattie is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly 30 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly 30 years synthesizing more than 1,500 meta-analyses comprising more than 90,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over 350 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, most recently, 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning. Learn more about his research at

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