Making Learning Visible: Understanding, Documenting, and Supporting Individual and Group Learning
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A Taste of Making Learning Visible

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  • Read a chapter in Making Learning Visible or Making Teaching Visible or a related article and hold a discussion with teachers and parents
  • Share a visual essay with your class and facilitate a conversation about the strengths and challenges of learning in groups. Document the conversation and post it in the room. Use this as a common reference point throughout the year.
  • Facilitate a conversation or set of conversations about the visibility of learning


  • Make students' and teachers' learning process visible in current displays or presentations of student work (e.g., science fairs, plays, art exhibits, etc.)
  • Link up with (or identify) a common and overarching understanding goal or theme for the school and discuss how all teachers can make connections between it and the age group or subject matter they teach
  • Look at what is going on in your local community (or explore relationships your school already has with the community) and see if you can build connections to your curriculum
  • Consider the idea of teachers and students working together to make visible and facilitate conversations around individual and group learning at your school


  • Pair interested teachers to document individual and group learning in their classrooms and share with other faculty, parents, or students
  • Hold an exhibition of student and teacher learning processes and products at your school to which you invite the general public and one other school
  • Put documentation on the walls, into print form, or on the school website to share with the school community and prospective students and their parents


  • Hold an exhibition of student and teacher learning processes and products at your local library, museum, community center, or town hall and facilitate a panel discussion about it
  • Share documentation from the previous year with incoming students, parents, and new teachers as a way of communicating about school culture and values

A Few Notes about Menus

?You can't order everything on the menu?Some people start with dessert and some start with antipasti?Menus change?

© 2006 Making Learning Visible Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Related Examples
Making Learning Visible Makes Learning Possible provides a documentation example in which the learning process of both students and teachers is visible.
Beginning the Journey: Learning through teacher and student documentation documents the journey of four teachers looking at student work together and reflecting upon the process.
How Does Your Garden Grow? is a reflection through documentation on both student learning and teacher learning. Teachers reflect upon using the knowledge gained through documentation to impact teaching in the subsequent year.

Copyright 2006 Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.
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