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Forget Recess, Let’s Keep Working

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Forget Recess, Let’s Keep Working

Making Performance Tasks

a Part of Your Classroom

Presented by Betsey Kennedy

Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.- John Dewey

- Open Ended, Multi-Step Problems
- Require application of information, understanding, and prior knowledge
- Resemble excellently designed projects
- Replicate real life situations

- Simple activities that are easily completed
- Activities where students just follow specific instructions
- Something that happens for everything you teach
- Combine performance tasks with more traditional means of teaching and assessing

- Just being knowledgeable is no longer enough
- Ask students to apply their knowledge
- Provide students with challenging, engaging tasks
- Provide meaningful assessment data
- Provide opportunities for students to learn and practice high-level abilities
- Multiple standards addressed at one time

One approach

Has one right answer

Provides necessary practice, but is disconnected from real life application

Various approaches are possible

Focus shifts from the answer to the justification of the approach and solution

Requires application of knowledge to solve an authentic problem

Performance

Task

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Activity or

Performance

Task

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One approach

Has one right answer

Provides necessary practice, but is disconnected from real life application

Various approaches are possible

Focus shifts from the answer to the justification of the approach and solution

Requires application of knowledge to solve an authentic problem

Performance

Task

vs.

- Miss Weber has a very energetic puppy. Max, the puppy loves to play outdoors, so Miss Weber decided to build a pen to allow Max to be outside while she is at school. She just happens to have 50 feet of fencing in her storage shed that she can use for the pen.
- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?
- Write a letter to Miss Weber explaining her choices and which pen you would recommend she build. Be sure to show how you made your decisions and include a mathematical representation to support your solution.

- Miss Weber has a very energetic puppy. Max, the puppy loves to play outdoors, so Miss Weber decided to build a pen to allow Max to be outside while she is at school. She just happens to have 50 feet of fencing in her storage shed that she can use for the pen.
- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?
- Write a letter to Miss Weber explaining her choices and which pen you would recommend she build. Be sure to show how you made your decisions and include a mathematical representation to support your solution.

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- Miss Weber has a very energetic puppy. Max, the puppy loves to play outdoors, so Miss Weber decided to build a pen to allow Max to be outside while she is at school. She just happens to have 50 feet of fencing in her storage shed that she can use for the pen.
- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?
- Write a letter to Miss Weber explaining her choices and which pen you would recommend she build. Be sure to show how you made your decisions and include a mathematical representation to support your solution.

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- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?

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- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?

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- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?

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- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?

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- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?

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- What are some of the ways she can set up the pen that uses all of the fencing?
- What are the dimensions of the rectangular pen with the most space available for Max to play?

TIME’S UP!

- Students actively engaged in the learning process
- Students work side-by-side with teachers
- Deadlines
- Standards of performance

- Classroom Management
- Sequential Checklists
- Materials Availability
- Teacher Support

- Time
- Classroom Time
- Teacher’s Time

New

Old

- Retelling Tasks
- Compilation Tasks
- Mystery Tasks
- Journalistic Tasks
- Design Tasks
- Creative Product Tasks
- Persuasion Tasks
- Judgment Tasks
- Scientific Tasks

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Representingfrom the text

Topic

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that can be answeredabout important

by reading the textideas from the text

- Wikis
- Webquests
- Movie Maker Projects
- Podcasts
- Think.com

- Does the task truly match the outcome(s) you’re trying to measure?
- Does the task require students to use critical thinking skills?
- Is the task worth the time it takes?
- Does the task measure several outcomes at once?
- Is the task feasible?

- You are part of a committee responsible for building a skate-park in your neighborhood. Right now, you are designing a ramp and speed bump.
- Use the materials you have been given to design a ramp that will allow the skateboarder (marble) to make it over the speed bump just by rolling down the ramp.

- There are a few restrictions to your design:
- The distance from the top of the ramp to the end of the speed bump may be no longer than 100 cm.
- The speed bump must measure 10 cm tall.

- Record your data to share with the skate park planning committee.

- Goal: What does the student have to do?
- Role: Who is the student in this scenario?
- Audience: Who will see this?
- Situation: What has created the need for this task?
- Product: What will you create?
- Standards (Criteria for Success): How will the work be evaluated?

- In this task, you are seeking an answer to the question…
- You are to act as a(n)…
- Whose point of view or perspective is…
- As such, you are expected to…
- You are then expected to…
- You will know you have successfully finished when…
- Challenges you may encounter are…
- Resources you can depend on are…
- You will need…
- The final completion date is…

- The situation is…
- The problem is…
- Your task is to…
- You will know you have successfully finished when…
- Challenges you may encounter are…
- Resources you can depend on are…
- You will need…
- The final completion date is…

- Select one of the performance tasks templates.
- Using one or more of your grade level standards, develop a performance task that you would use with your class.
- Select a representative to share the task you created with the rest of the group.
- Post it to the wiki to share your ideas.https://performancetasks.wikispaces.com/

- Rubrics are a must!
- Sort the final products into stacks according to general criteria on the rubric.
- What understandings, misconceptions, or problems in thinking are evident from the work?
- Use self-assessment and peer assessment

- [email protected]
- Wiki with all documents and website links
https://performancetasks.wikispaces.com