John Hattie: „ I could not care less about how you teach!“ – Video

John Hattie delivered an interesting keynote speech at this year’s researchED conference in Melbourne, Australia, about „The status of evidence in education“. ResearchED is a teacher-led organization with the aim „to raise the research literacy of educators.“ You can watch the video with John Hattie’s keynote below or read on for some quick take-aways.

What is research

“If you think of the research – ‘re-search’ – that’s what a lot of the research activity is: going back over the many things you know, the many things you found out, and try to build a story about them.”

What is evidence

“Evidence isn’t facts, it isn’t data, it’s an interpretation of all that data.”

Which evidence is used in schools

• Evidence from ‘controlled’ studies (“we don’t have in our discipline the notion of controlled studies, it just isn’t in the nature”)
• Evidence from observations
• Evidence from past experience (“That’s the one that teacher use the most, but how can we contest that evidence?”)

3 problems with the interpretation

“Every one sees something different, but the mountain doesn’t change. It’s our lens that we have on, that makes the difference. Are we prepared to see the mountain in a different way? Are we prepared to falsify our assumptions?” John Hattie provides more details when he explains the three main problems related to the use of evidence in schools:

Problem 1: Too much information
• We are drawn to details that confirm our own existing beliefs
• We notice flaws in others more easily than flaws in ourselves
Problem 2: Not enough meaning
• We think we know what others are thinking
• We project our current mindset and assumptions onto the past and future
Problem 3: Need to act fast
• We are motivated to complete things that we have already invested time and energy in
• We favour options that appear simple over more complex ones

I could not care less about how you teach!

“I hope none of you ever goes to a professional learning session to learn about another app, another resource, another teaching method. I could not care less about how you teach! I care about the impact of your teaching and about how you think about your teaching. “ Watch the whole video to find out how John Hattie and his team help teachers to use the evidence in their schools.



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2 comments on “John Hattie: „ I could not care less about how you teach!“ – Video
  1. Mimi Reed says:

    Citing Hattie, my school district is requiring that every teacher in every grade post learning targets and success criteria for every lesson. I see the value of that for older kids, but is there evidenc that it’s important in the primary grades- kindergarten through third grade? I am afraid that the joy of learning is being superseded by an overemphasis on daily goals and targets.

  2. Brian Lamb says:

    I Agree. Content and information is vital but can destroy learning if not used properly. Kids want to ask questions, debate and critically think out of the box. We need to give them the opportunity to be creative with their learning and guide them through this process. Too many facts can lead to a blurred perspective. There needs to be a balance between delivering content and exploring why things work the way they do.

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Visible Learning means an enhanced role for teachers as they become evaluators of their own teaching. Visible Teaching and Learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.

Visible Learning plus is a professional development programme for teachers. It provides an in-depth review and change model for schools based on John Hattie's research. With a seminar and support series the Visible Learning plus team helps schools to find out about the impact they are having on student achievement.