(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.
It is now time to consider the implementation of performance tasks in classrooms, schools, and/or districts, whether you have developed a performance task as you’ve been reading this book or not. Knowing how to develop a performance task is important, but the key to its impact on student learning is successful implementation. When you implement a performance task with your class, you need to take several factors into account, most of which are related to effective classroom instruction. If you are a school or district administrator and are considering implementation across your school or district, these factors need to be clearly communicated to staff members in that educational setting.
The first part of this chapter discusses a number of factors ...