(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.

The Lasting Power of Performance Tasks

Chapter 1 the lasting power of performance tasks

Just like the fashion industry, education is notorious for recycling ideas. Bell-bottom pants may not be the latest rage, but boot-cut and wide-leg pants are close to the once-frenzied fashion trend of the 1970s. Educational initiatives and strategies often suffer the same fate as they arrive on the educational scene, each expected to be the “silver bullet” that will enhance student learning, improve student behavior, close the achievement gap, strengthen math fluency, or refine student writing. Yet educational initiatives begin to lose favor with teachers and administrators for various reasons, such as that they take too much time, or the results touted for them do not come to fruition, and thus ...

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