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By John Young, Principal. Published in Education Today magazine February 2019
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
I like to ponder the above quotation as I have thought learning should always be serious fun and so I asked an expert and here was his response -
‘The major notion of VISIBLE is to help make the invisible more visible. Yes learning is not often visible; yes 80% of what happens in a class a teacher does not see or hear; and much more – so how to resource schools to better understand these essential attributes. The Little Prince is so right – which is why we need to be concerned especially with the big hearts that most teachers have to truly make the difference.’ (Prof John Hattie, in correspondence, 2018)
John Hattie and Klaus Zierer’s, 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success (2018) provided a coherent vision to guide reform at Clarkson Community High School (CCHS). Visible Learning research provided a framework for school improvement. The understanding of school vision was a useful focus for the professional development, recruitment and selection of teachers in 2018.
Since the release of the first Clarkson CHS Learning Journey document in March 2011 and the Learning Journey 2 document in November 2017, a number of conditions have changed which impact the school. However, the overall vision that encompasses decision making processes has not changed, as it is founded on what Clarkson CHS's Senior Leadership Team believe are fundamental truths about working with people in an educational setting.
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