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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Education Sciences, 2018
In this article, we address the common criticisms of the Visible Learning research and offer a long-term view of the potential presented with this body of knowledge. We contextualize our view with some experiences in a high school that is focused on improving student learning.
Descriptors: High School Students, Evidence Based Practice, Instruction, Teaching Methods
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy; Amador, Olivia; Assof, Joseph – Corwin, 2018
"On a clear day, you can learn forever"-- that's the adapted lyric you'll be happily humming once you've covered this playbook, because you will have mastered using learning intentions and success criteria, the twin engines of "Teacher Clarity." This template-filled guide shows you how to own it, do it, and live it--and your…
Descriptors: Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Expectation, Goal Orientation
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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas – Reading Teacher, 2018
The authors analyzed 88 classroom observations to determine whether there were actions that teachers were taking to send a message to students that rereading was not valuable. They identified three practices during shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading that telegraphed messages to students against rereading. The authors also…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Repetition, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness
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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas; Hattie, John – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2017
This article provides an organizational review of content literacy instructional strategies to forward a claim that some strategies work better for surface learning, whereas others are more effective for deep learning and still others for transfer learning. The authors argue that the failure to adopt content literacy strategies by disciplinary…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Literacy, Teaching Methods, Reading Strategies
Echevarría, Jana; Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas – ASCD, 2016
For every teacher it's different, but you know who they are for you--the students who are "hard to teach." Maybe they're reading far below grade level. Maybe they're English learners. Maybe they have diagnosed learning disabilities or behavioral issues. Maybe they're underachieving for reasons that are unknown. They have been overlooked…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Needs, At Risk Students, English Language Learners
Hattie, John; Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Educational Leadership, 2016
Although research indicates that feedback can be one of the most effective instructional strategies for improving student performance, getting students to listen and act on feedback can be complicated. If feedback is vague and personal, students may pay attention only to positive comments that are positive and boost their self-image ("That…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Barriers, Goal Orientation, Success
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Reading Teacher, 2016
In this article we investigate the systems that need to be in place for students to learn from increasingly complex texts. Our concept, drawn from past research, includes clear learning targets, teacher modeling, collaborative conversations, close reading, small group reading, and wide reading. Using a "proof of concept" model, we follow…
Descriptors: Investigations, Teaching Methods, Difficulty Level, Delivery Systems
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Frey, Nancy; Fisher, Douglas; Lapp, Diane – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2015
We explore the use of iPads in a diverse urban high school and the ways in which teachers and students were supported to integrate these tools into their instruction. We provided 4 English teachers with 20 iPads with little or no professional development about how to integrate them into their instruction. Using a formative experiment design, we…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Urban Schools, High School Students, Formative Evaluation
Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The Common Core State Standards have cast a renewed light on reading instruction, presenting teachers with the new requirements to teach close reading of complex texts. Teachers and administrators should consider a number of essential features of close reading: They are short, complex texts; rich discussions based on worthy questions; revisiting…
Descriptors: Reading Improvement, Educational Practices, State Standards, Reading Instruction
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Reading Teacher, 2015
12 teachers were interviewed and observed as they engaged students in close reading. We analyzed their responses and instruction to determine the scaffolds that were used as well as the contingency teaching plans they implemented when students were unable to understand the text.
Descriptors: Interviews, Reading Strategies, Reading Instruction, Reading Processes
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Fisher, Douglas; Frey, Nancy – Reading Teacher, 2015
Modeling in complex texts requires that teachers analyze the text for factors of qualitative complexity and then design lessons that introduce students to that complexity. In addition, teachers can model the disciplinary nature of content area texts as well as word solving and comprehension strategies. Included is a planning guide for think aloud.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Instructional Design, Modeling (Psychology), Content Area Reading