It doesn’t matter where you are…

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I recently enjoyed looking through a global citizen post on 17 classrooms from around the world. What I loved about it, was not the feel good factor of “look at those amazing people teaching in all these different environments” but rather comparing what their “Hattie Ranking” would be for Influences and Effect Sizes on Student Achievement.

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Is a self-report grade as effective in this classroom from Lisbon (right), as it is in this classroom from China (left)?

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One that immediately leapt of the page for me was comparing Response to Intervention in a school like the one from Qinghai, at the top of the page, and one of my classes. Does a classroom need to be more organic, more lifelike, to be able to identify and implement a systematic approach to areas of deficiency? Or does it require a technology-rich environment to provide that clear system?

Finally, the four areas of teacher credibility, namely trust, competence, dynamism and immediacy, are infinitely possible in each of the environments around the world. It became clear to me from viewing these pictures with the lens of Hattie, is that if you want to make the maximum difference, it doesn’t matter where you are…




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