The Core Beliefs of Highly Effective Teachers

The Core Beliefs of Highly Effective Teachers

            In their book 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning, John Hattie and Klaus Zierer argue that what teachers believe about instruction drives what happens in their classrooms. Here are the “mindframes” Hattie and Zierer found in highly effective teachers:

  • I am an evaluator of my impact on student learning.
  • I see assessment as informing my impact and next steps.
  • I collaborate with my peers about my conceptions of progress and my impact.
  • I am a change agent and believe all students can improve.
  • I strive to provide my students with challenge and not merely have them “do their best.”
  • I give feedback and help students understand it, and I interpret and act on feedback given to me.
  • I engage as much in dialogue as monologue.
  • I explicitly inform students from the outset what success looks like.
  • I build relationships and trust so that learning can occur, where it is safe to make mistakes and learn from others.
  • I identify and build on my students’ prior experiences and initial learning levels.

 

10 Mindframes for Visible Learning by John Hattie and Klaus Zierer (Routledge, 2018); see Jenn David-Lang’s detailed summary of this book at www.themainidea.net.