Whenever anyone refers to John Hattie’s research my mind immediately begins to visualize the “gas gauges” that fill his book Visible Learning. While I have read this book and heard his research cited often I have never heard Hattie speak…until today.
Today I came across a BBC Radio interview that Hattie participated in last August. If you are interested learning a little bit about what really matters in teaching it is well worth spending the 28 minutes to listen to it.
When the interview was finished I had a complete page of notes taken. Here are a few highlights:
- John Hattie is Australian (OK…not important but makes the interview fun to listen to)
- Teacher expertise (how they think) is the most important factor to student achievement
- The goal of Hattie’s research: “All I want to do is make all teachers like our best.”
- “What is not right is that kids come to school to watch us work.” (HA!)
- “Errors are a critical part of learning.”
- Teachers who are successful sell their subject to students by sharing their passion.
- We should be measuring schools on growth…not achievement
- by the age 8 students learn their place in class (I am a C student). It is the job of the teacher to mess that thinking up!
Want to learn more…like his thoughts about homework in primary schools? Click the Interview link here. I would love to hear what your big takeaways were!