An issue of measurement

Experiment: Have a little bit of fun and learn something too! This is my new favorite video: I laughed and I cried. It is seriously amusing and has some serious issues with measurement! My biggest complaint is the questions. Here is the list of questions that are asked during the video. Positive questions: Which one seems…

High Trust versus Low Trust Accountability

Experiment: Explaining the different experiences possible under a single, umbrella term. As I began writing the series on distortion (check them out starting here), I received a lot of response from teachers. Interestingly, it was not just about the Hattie research, but often how Hattie’s research was embedded into forms of accountability. Although I’m not directly researching the effects…

The allure of neo-liberal thinking

Experiment: Explaining the rational, thoughtful allure of neoliberalism. Neo-liberalism is not just a trend in government, it is a global cultural shift. Even though I would not consider myself a neo-liberal, it is still embedded into how I think about the world. And even though I think it is a destructive mentality, I can understand the appeal. Neo-liberalism…

A personal story

Experiment: Tell the story behind the story. So, long story short, my son has a school to go to now. In Nottingham, the system for schools allows parents to choose which school their child goes to. It is not a completely free market but generally, schools that are popular and in good, child-friendly neighborhoods fill up.…

Individuality versus Individualism in Feminism

  Experiment: Find the “bright line” between two public figures who agree. In the past few years, I’ve watched too many TED talks. Here are two that I highly recommend: Roxane Gay – Confessions of a Bad Feminist Sheryl Sandberg – Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders Gay’s talk really speaks to me and…

Differentiation – my version

Experiment: Defending my version of something I don’t really like. This post is largely my opinion and some personal history. If you are interested in other research and expert commentary, check out: Differentiation Doesn’t Work  or Differentiated Instruction Reexamined  This is a spillover from Planning differentiation in the classroom where you can read my criticism of differentiation. This…

Planning differentiation for the classroom

Experiment: Critique something assumed to be amazing. I’ve always been a bit resistant to the trend toward planning differentiation. I attributed my own skepticism to the fact that the push for planning differentiation came from administrators, especially those peddling the Charlotte Danielson teacher evaluation (or some offshoot), which I hate with every fiber of my…

Distortion – Chapter 6

Experiment: Explain an example of when the “worst case scenario” actually happens — the repercussions of distortion. The most important chapter of this — the effect of distortion on teachers. Check out the less important, introductory chapters 1,2,3, 4 and 5. This entire series of posts could be perceived as overly critical of John Hattie. But, the source of…

Distortion – Chapter 5

Experiment: Explain an example of when the “worst case scenario” actually happens — THE REAL LIFE EXAMPLE This entire series of posts (see chapters 1,2,3,4) was prompted by a few Facebook messages about John Hattie’s “visible learning” research. I recently contacted a former colleague looking for a favor and they mentioned a silly reflection form required of all…

Distortion – Chapter 4

Experiment: Explain an example of when the “worst case scenario” actually happens — the reality of “postivism” — sounds great, right? Check out Chapters 1,2, and 3 for the introduction to this part! I believe that one of the reasons John Hattie’s “visible learning” research isn’t a “big hit” with teachers is that his view of reality is very…