A progressive, research-based approach for making learning visible
Mara Krechevsky is a senior researcher at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ben Mardell, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Lesley University and a former researcher at Project Zero.
Melissa Rivard is a senior researcher and visual media specialist at Project Zero.
Daniel Wilson, Ed.D., is a principal investigator and lecturer at Project Zero.
Based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, Visible Learners highlights learning through interpreting objects and artifacts, group learning, and documentation to make students' learning evident to teachers. Visible classrooms are committed to five key principles: that learning is purposeful, social, emotional, empowering, and representational. The book includes visual essays, key practices, classroom and examples.
- Show how to make learning happen in relation to others, spark emotional connections, give students power over their learning, and express ideas in multiple ways
- Illustrate Reggio-inspired principles and approaches via quotes, photos, student and teacher reflections, and examples of student work
- Offer a new way to enhance learning using progressive, research-based practices for increasing collaboration and critical thinking in and outside the classroom
Visible Learners asks that teachers look beyond surface-level to understand who students are, what they come to know, and how they come to know it.