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Designing and Using Performance Tasks
Enhancing Student Learning and Assessment



© 2017 | 256 pages | Corwin

Stretch student thinking with performance-based tasks.

With waves of high-stakes assessments rolling through the education waters, many educators feel tied to teaching to the test. But there is a bright side. With the increased attention on assessment outlined in The Every Student Succeeds Act comes a surge of interest in designing performance-based tasks—an important key in unlocking your students’ readiness for career and college.

Designing and Using Performance Tasks: Enhancing Student Learning and Assessment walks you step-by-step through the process of incorporating performance tasks as a tool to teach, monitor, and extend student learning. This book will help you

  • Make instructional decisions based on student performance of learning tasks
  • Learn all about the different kinds of performance tasks and the benefits of each
  • Incorporate learning progressions as an integral part of planning performance tasks
  • Close the “knowing–doing” gap by focusing on considerations for successful implementation

If you’re ready to engage your students in unique and innovative ways, grab a copy of this book to guide you and your students in applying their learning—and your teaching—to real-world situations.

"Teaching using performance tasks was, by far, was the most difficult type of teaching strategy for me to learn. When I began my teaching career, not many people were using this strategy, but I was fortunate to have a mentor who understood the process and was willing to teach me, two very rare occurrences in the teaching world. Thank heavens for Tracey Shiel, who has the ability to communicate the process so well and in such a manner that you enjoy reading about it at the same time – another rare event in education! I know from experience, students who learn using this strategy retain the information for longer periods of time giving teachers a stronger base upon which to build."
Pamela L. Opel, Teacher
Gulfport School District


 
List of Figures and Tables
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1. The Lasting Power of Performance Tasks
 
Chapter 2. Building the Base: Begin With the End in Mind
 
Chapter 3. Building the Base: Learning Progressions
 
Chapter 4. Building the Base: Going SOLO!
 
Chapter 5. Performance Task Attributes
 
Chapter 6. Scoring Guides, aka Rubrics
 
Chapter 7. Implementation Considerations
 
Appendix 1. Unit Planning Template: Performance Task
 
Appendix 2. Unit Planning Templates: Examples for Grades 3 and 11
 
Appendix 3. Combined List: SOLO and NCEA Verbs
 
Appendix 4. Unit Planning Template: Ideas for Products and Performances
 
Appendix 5. Implementation Success Action Plan: Guidelines
 
Appendix 6. Implementation Success Action Plan: Example
 
Appendix 7. Implementation Success Action Plan: Vision Versus Reality
 
Appendix 8. Implementation Success Action Plan: Template
 
References
 
Index

Teaching using performance tasks was, by far, was the most difficult type of teaching strategy for me to learn. When I began my teaching career, not many people were using this strategy, but I was fortunate to have a mentor who understood the process and was willing to teach me, two very rare occurrences in the teaching world. Thank heavens for Tracey Shiel, who has the ability to communicate the process so well and in such a manner that you enjoy reading about it at the same time – another rare event in education! I know from experience, students who learn using this strategy retain the information for longer periods of time giving teachers a stronger base upon which to build.

Pamela L. Opel, Teacher
Gulfport School District
Key features
(1) A step-by-step guide to developing and implementing performance tasks in the classroom as a means to teach, monitor and extend student learning

(2) Fosters the application of learning intentions and success criteria generated from the new state standards and provides feedback to teachers to make instructional decisions based on student performance of the learning tasks. 

(3) Incorporates learning progressions as an integral part of the planning process and the development of performance tasks

(4) Helps close the "knowing-doing gap" by focusing on what needs to be considered for successful implementation starting with classroom organization and management.

(5) Includes a number of examples of performance task components at different grade levels and content areas to demonstrate a variety of performance task possibilities and jump start readers' creativity.  

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