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Performance-Based Learning
Aligning Experiential Tasks and Assessment to Increase Learning

Second Edition


June 2007 | 184 pages | Corwin

"Provides excellent, thorough examples of lessons for classroom use. The lessons follow a user-friendly pattern and include outstanding rubrics that can be adapted easily by the teacher."
—Debra Rose Howell, Teacher
Monte Cristo Elementary, Granite Falls, WA

"Gives educators new to performance learning a broad collection of examples for using this model. The sample lessons are tied to learning standards and incorporate a myriad of different modalities."
—Rachel Moreno, Associate Professional Specialist
University of Notre Dame

Motivate students and increase their achievement with high-interest learning tasks!

Teachers can promote long-lasting learning, build higher-order thinking skills, develop individual student accountability, and increase student achievement by incorporating performance learning tasks into the curriculum. In this second edition of Performance-Based Learning, Sally Berman demonstrates how this model can be modified for learners at different grade and ability levels, and offers an abundance of sample lesson plans that show how to use performance-based learning throughout the content areas.

The updated edition includes an expanded discussion of cooperative learning teams, a new section on how to design effective performance-based learning activities, and a collection of reproducible masters for planning and implementation. Chapters with lesson plans include:

  • A performance task to use as is or adapt for specific student groups
  • The curriculum standards related to the task
  • Reflection guidelines to help students evaluate their learning
  • Web resources for planning and implementing performance learning tasks

New and veteran teachers alike will use this detailed resource again and again to plan activities that engage students and inspire them to become invested in their own learning.


 
Dedication
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
A Cautionary Tale
 
1. Introduction to Performance Learning
 
Part 1. Basic Performances
 
2. Rotting Peels and Cores
 
3. Learning Brains and Music Strains
 
4. Making Sense of Stories
 
Part II. Intermediate Performances
 
5. “… To Form a More Perfect Classroom”
 
6. Cruising the Cortex: Sightseeing for Smarts
 
7. Patterning Neurons to Picture Patterns
 
Part III. Advanced Performances
 
8. Half-Life in World Life
 
9. The Heart-Smart Gourmet
 
10. A Special Holiday: AttaGram Day
 
Part IV. Designing Performance-Based Activities
 
11. Designing Performance Learning Activities
 
Reproducibles
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Gives educators new to performance learning a broad collection of examples for using this model. The sample lessons are tied to learning standards and incorporate a myriad of different modalities."

Rachel Moreno, Associate Professional Specialist
University of Notre Dame

"Provides excellent, thorough examples of lessons for classroom use. The lessons follow a user-friendly pattern and include outstanding rubrics that can be adapted easily by the teacher."

Debra Rose Howell, Teacher
Monte Cristo Elementary, Granite Falls, WA

"The author presents clever activities in a well-organized format that includes useful planning features such as charts and rubrics to make learning concrete."

Masha K. Rudman, Professor of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

"Provides excellent examples of lessons for classroom application."

California Bookwatch, October 2007

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