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Teaching Students to Drive Their Learning

A Playbook on Engagement and Self-Regulation, K-12

Learners who go-get, goal-set. They risk, productively fail, and ask peers for help. Set up your classroom with all the right conditions to help every student go the distance.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071918951
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: May 12, 2023

Price: $29.95



The honest truths, tools, and teaching that lead to student engagement

High levels of engagement—it’s not an impossible dream. But to attain it we need to focus on what galvanizes learning, and ensure we are offering the tools and mindsets with which students can lean in. In this playbook, an ace team of educators give us the goods to guide self-starting learners.

Nine modules show us how to:

  • Cohere standards, success criteria, tasks, and goals so students can travel clear pathways
  • Offer tools that allow learners to recognize the gap between their current performance and the expected performance, and select strategies to close that gap
  • Talk with students about engagement as a continuum, and that there are actions they can take to heighten their buy-in to any endeavor
  • Stress-test our lesson plans to ensure students can discuss, debate, create and problem-solve around highly relevant content
  • Use lots of low-stakes assessment and feedback routines to develop effective collaboration that doesn’t depend on us.

Our job as teachers is to guide learning experiences that build knowledge and self-efficacy. But from there, we need to stay on the sidelines and let students play. Only then will they develop the muscle to persevere, the strategic actions to excel, and the confidence to make our curriculum the springboard of their own dreams and goals.



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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Her published titles include Visible Learning in Literacy, This Is Balanced Literacy, Removing Labels, and Rebound. Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California and learns from teachers and students every day.
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Sarah Ortega

Sarah Ortega is a coordinator for instruction and supports for English Language learners at Health Sciences High & Middle College and served as a classroom educator for 19 years. She was recognized as the 2023 Chula Vista Elementary School District Teacher of the Year and her teaching videos have been featured in professional development training and educator magazines. She is also a professional learning consultant and works with schools and districts to design and implement learning solutions that support the emotional, behavioral, and instructional needs of students.
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John Allan Hattie

John Hattie, Ph.D., is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly 30 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly 30 years synthesizing more than 1,700 meta-analyses comprising more than 100,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over 350 international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to education. His notable publications include Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12, and 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Module 1: Engagement: From Disrupting to Driving Learning

Module 2: Learners Know their Current Level of Understanding

Module 3: Learners Understand Where They’re Going and Have the Confidence to Take on the Challenge

Module 4: Learners Select Tools to Guide Their Learning

Module 5: Learners Monitor Their Progress and Adjust Their Learning

Module 6: Learners Seek Feedback and Recognize that Errors are Opportunities to Learn

Module 7: Learners Recognize their Learning and Teach Others

Module 8: Responding When Students Disengage



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