Inspired by the innovative educational philosophy that originated in Reggio Emilia, a small city in Italy, Visible Learners offers research-based practices for fostering learning in groups through documentation. In this approach, first developed during a long-term collaboration between researchers at Harvard's Project Zero and Reggio educators, learning becomes a visible activity that develops students' intellectual capacities as well as their individual and group identities as learners.
Visible classrooms can be identified by five key principles--that learning is purposeful, social, representational, empowering, and emotional. The authors define each principle using illustrative learning portraits, quotes from students and teachers, pictures, reflections, and examples of student work. Additionally, the authors offer teachers and administrators practical ways to enhance learning by increasing collaboration and critical thinking across grade levels and subject matter. Also included is a section containing dozens of tools for making learners and learning visible, incorporating guidelines for the classroom and the staffroom as well as ideas for engaging students' families.
Visible Learners shows how observing and documenting learning can change the nature of that learning, and asks teachers to look beyond surface to understand who their students are, what they come to know, and how they come to know it.
" We are at a critical moment that cries out for 4 C's learning (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity). Visible Learning addresses this very challenge by offering rich examples and practical guidance for creating powerful learning experiences in our classrooms, schools, and communities." --Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21 and cofounder and president, Partnership for 21st Century Skills
" Many educators have pondered whether the 'Reggio approach' can be employed with older children and under different conditions. In this highly original book, the authors demonstrate how the principles developed in a small city in northern Italy can be realized across the ages, across the curriculum, and across the seas." --Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Educationshow more