Summary of Hattie’s Recent Post

Fellow educators on Distance Learning might have read Hattie’s post on what matters and what doesn’t while teaching online.

I have made visual summaries. Feel free to make a copy and distribute.

Summary for parents and educators

Teacher Version

Parent Version

Video for parents:

Thank you!

Authentic learning opportunities are everywhere!

Whether children are unschooled, homeschooled, on holidays, doing distance learning…. or not, they all have plenty of learning opportunities around them. What do you see?

According to you, what learnings might occur just by engaging children in cooking?

What might children UNDERSTAND (concepts) and be able to DO (skills)?

Standards-Based Grading Session for Middle Schoolers

Hi everyone!
I wanted to share my slides from the Middle School session I lead on Standards-Based Grading with 150 students in attendance from Gr . 6-7-8.
You will see the laughing rubric from Susan Brookhart (cited) and I got permission to share the video clips of the laughters of 6 volunteers so feel free to reuse the unlisted video for your own sessions on SBG. I think this becomes an outstanding resource for anyone here!
The students really enjoyed the session. They loved using Plickers for the pre-assessment and to share their thoughts about SBG. After each question, I asked them to justify their answer (explain why most of them said “agree” or “strongly agree”) and I received very thoughtful comments and powerful messages. Students were so eager to share and reflect and agreed with the tenants of SBG.
This is a Grade 6 student quote I loved during the session, as we were exploring mistake making/failing forward: “There is no wrong way to do something, there is only a new way to discover what is right”.
Even cooler, this student came to my office after the session to share that she was an author. She writes novels and now got an idea to write something about the growth mindset!
I am so grateful from my global collaborators on the SBG Facebook Group. Special thanks to: Lee Ann Jung for her analogy of the GPS, Ken O’Connor for being a mentor, Laura Anderson for sharing the Sue Brookhart‘s laughing rubric!

Books on failing forward for primary students


I just saw a Grade 4 student cry today.

He would not say why and wiped his tears quickly.

I asked a friend of his who told me that he had come last in the run and that’s why he was upset.

I felt empathetic. I imagined how it feels when you don’t get what you want and maybe when you don’t have self-compassion. I wondered how I might take my feeling of empathy and transform it into compassion. When we are compassionate, we do something about how we feel for others, we TAKE ACTION.

I asked a teacher for support and this is how she responded: we can use books to remind students that failing is ok, failing is part of learning. We can remind them that success takes many failures.

She then sent me those wonderful resources from our library, they are worth it!


To end this post I would say:

1- It’s important to notice the little things our students feel and be compassionate

2- Collaborating with teachers is essential. Collaboration holds hidden gems.

3- Reading to the children is a wonderful way to teach…