As Fisher, Frey and Ness put it, “Imagine a third grader being able to articulate his metacognitive process in saying, “When I get stuck, I know I need to reread what I just finished.’ ”
The Teacher’s Guide to Becoming a Visible Learner, Grades 3–5 walks you through the process of using the Learner’s Notebook (one for every student) to teach students how to do just that: become their own teachers, as they learn to identify for themselves the strategies and tools they need to keep moving forward in their learning.
The Learner’s Notebook puts foundational metacognitive skills within reach of all your students, leading the way for them to understand what they’re learning, why they’re learning it, and the strategies they’ll be using along the way. The result? Students become more motivated and focused.
Step by step, this Teacher’s Guide will show you how to help your students thrive as visible learners, revealing:
- The core components of Visible Learning, and their impact on students’ development
- The importance of using learning goals and success criteria
- How to use the student notebook’s metaphor of a trip to engage students in understanding and preparing for their learning journey, as well as “checking the map” to assess their own progress
- How the notebook’s Picture, Prompt and Paragraph structure allows individual students to work with the approach that’s best for them
Designed for fast and easy implementation, and structured to support an entire school year’s worth of learning, this ready resource offers you a clear framework for bringing Visible Learning success to every student in your classroom.