Recently, I came across a Ted Talk by John Hattie entitled “Why are so many of our teachers and schools so successful.” While almost anything we do can potentially increase achievement, certain factors produce greater results than others. In the talk, Hattie discussed factors schools often focus on that do not produce high yielding achievement. Instead, he proposes items schools should be focused on using his research-based ranking list. He uses .40 (the average of the effect size of all 252 influences) as the hinge to determine which factors produce the greatest results and encourages educators to spend their time looking at items above the .40. This does not mean that we ignore items under .40 or that they do not matter, but those above .40 certainly have more influence on achievement.
The high yielding influences are exactly what we have been discussing these past two years with Creating Cultures of Thinking and The Innovator’s Mindset. Many of you have testified to the difference it has made in your lessons when you change the way you word questions, how you engage students, and how strategies are strategically used to get results.
As the 18/19 school year winds down, we are beginning to plan for the 19/20 school year. More and more of the issues we face in the classroom are from outside influences and with that in mind, our focus for PD will be split between academics and mental health. Please help us plan for PD that you need by adding your input to the Google survey. What can we do to support you? Your team? Your students? While we cannot promise everything, we do want to offer rich PD that is beneficial to all.
Thanks for all you do in the lives of our students!
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Mr. Derek Varansky is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Federal Programs for Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools. He can be reached by calling 330-859-8801 or firstname.lastname@example.org