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Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools 1st Edition
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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 principlesthat 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 Education
About the Author
Mara Krechevsky is a senior researcher at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ben Mardell, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Lesley University and a former researcher at Project Zero.
Melissa Rivard is a senior researcher and visual media specialist at Project Zero.
Daniel Wilson, Ed.D., is a principal investigator and lecturer at Project Zero.
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Visible Learners begins with six actual, in-class experiences—ranging from Kindergarten through high school. It advances to discuss authentic, ongoing learning through the use of practical tools that help to create multiple, meaningful ways to document—make visible—the learning that occurs over time. In addition, the author’s take our current system of accountability into consideration as they show us these alternative ways to identify and support ongoing learning.
One standout of the book for me is the identification and discussion of group learning. Group learning takes time, is complex and requires practice, particularly in light of our cultural focus on very specific, individual accomplishments. Yet small groups allow for a depth and breadth of understanding that just does not take place with more traditional, individually-focused curricula.
I find that the stories and tools in Visible Learners create a flexible and very supportive frame that helps to move inspiration into practice. Krechevsky, Mardell, Rivard and Wilson illustrate practical threads that connect the action in Reggio to schools here in the Northeast. Visible Learners helps to sustain our wonder, curiosity and belief in the power of learning, both for children and for adults.
It brings the process of learning to the forefront. How many different ways do children actually learn? and how do you talk about this with the children and document the process. Its an eye opener for teachers too.who have felt enthusiasm and motivation absent in their classrooms at times. It's a great book