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Which Visible Learning Book is Right for You?

It’s been 9 years since Professor John Hattie’s Visible Learning was first published and his research took the education world by storm. Since then, there have been more and more books about Visible Learning published every year by John Hattie and other education experts like Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Almarode, Linda Gojak, and so many more. With so many books on Visible Learning and more on the way, we wanted to take a moment to address one big question we keep getting:

Where do I begin?

Take a look below to see which Visible Learning book may be right for you.


Visible Learning by John Hattie

This is the original Visible Learning work, best suited for all educators interested in starting from the beginning with a clear understanding of the original meta-analysis by John Hattie and the theory behind Visible Learning.


Visible Learning for Teachers by John Hattie

The second book to be released in the Visible Learning series, this is best suited for teachers who are looking for their first introduction to Visible Learning and are interested in clear takeaways that they can implement in their classrooms immediately.


Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates

Built on the original data of Visible Learning, this book examines how research into human learning processes can inform teaching and what goes on in our schools. If you want to know all about the cognitive building blocks of knowledge acquisition and how to maximize impact on student learning—with science!—then this is the book for you.


Visible Learning into Action by John Hattie, Debra Masters, and Kate Birch

Visible Learning into Action makes John Hattie’s groundbreaking research concrete by showing the many ways diverse schools have successfully brought the research into practical implementation through Visible Learningplus professional learning. If you’re interested in seeing examples of what Visible Learning looks like in practice, this is your book!


10 Mindframes for Visible Learning by John Hattie and Klaus Zierer

John Hattie’s landmark Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influences of student achievement is how teachers think about learning and their own role. Educators, pick up this book to explore the 10 Visible Learning mindframes and analyze your own thinking about teaching and learning.


Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K-12 by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie

If you’re looking to apply Visible Learning practices to improve your instruction in literacy, then this is the book for you. Ensure students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of learning during a school year by implementing the right literacy practice at the right moment with this book from Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey as your guide!

P.S. Check out Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades K-5 and Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-12 for more high-impact strategies for those grade bands!


Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12 by John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Linda M. Gojak, Sara Delano Moore, and William Mellman

A must-have for math instruction. In Visible Learning for Mathematics, six acclaimed educators assert it’s not about which approach to use—it’s about when—and show you how to design high-impact instruction so all students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of mathematics learning per school year.


Visible Learning for Science, Grades K-12 by John Almarode, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie

This exciting new addition to the Visible Learning series guides you on a Visible Learning journey to science instruction strategies to use at each learning phase so all students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of science learning per school year. Science guys, this is the book for you.


Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners, Grades K-12 by Nancy Frey, John Hattie, and Douglas Fisher

Last, but certainly not least, Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners gives you a clear strategy for empowering each of your students in shaping their own educational success. A must-read for all educators!

P.S. Check out the Becoming an Assessment-Capable Visible Learner Classroom Packs, which help your teachers and students implement the strategies to take responsibility for their own learning.


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Olivia is a Marketing Specialist for Visible Learning, PD Resource Centers, and international territories at Corwin as well as one of the editors of Corwin Connect. When not working, you can usually find Olivia playing video games, writing fiction, reading a good book with a glass of white wine, or planning her next big international trip.

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