A Taste of Making Learning Visible
- 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
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© 2006 Making Learning Visible Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
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.