Like a Bat Out Of Hell: How NOT to Read Hattie…

This is something I’ve said over and over again myself. There is so much nuance in the text that you need to read the whole book before jumping to conclusions.

Reading for Learning

John Hattie's Feedback Speedometer - responsible for tonnes of nonsense. John Hattie’s Feedback Speedometer – responsible for tonnes of nonsense.

There isn’t enough time to read properly.

Busy educators need super-condensed ideas. That’s why John Hattie’s little speedometers are so inspired. Want to know how effective feedback is? Simple – it’s really effective. Just do it!

It’s more complicated than that. Hattie subtly hides the subtle details in plain sight – the one place no one will look – in the text between his speedos.

Hattie’s work has been used to waste a staggering amount of teacher time. If he had just written the text and left the diagrams out, he would have been read properly. Influential education leaders, attracted by the numbers, have made feedback the defining concept for this generation of teachers. Thoughtful, slow-reading would have revealed the complexities of his analysis. We might now be giving learners really effective feedback.

In his follow up book, Visible Learning for Teachers, Hattie learnt from his mistake…

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