Independent Performance Task: Independent Performance Task

 
 
 
Independent Performance Task
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Independent Student Learning

Independent Performance Task

Students rarely have the opportunity to show in an authentic what way what they have learned and what they can do with the knowledge they have obtained. To this end, it has been my philosophy to provide students with a task that requires a deeper depth of knowledge rather than traditional paper-pencil assessment. Performance task data that reflects a deeper understanding of content and tasks students to transfer their knowledge to novel situations matters most. As a school community, the transition to a competency based learning model has signaled a change in the way teachers deliver content and the way students are assessed. Independent Performance Tasks measure student learning when they are ready to assess. Similarly, leveraging the power of technology has been instrumental to making the assessment process a positive experience for students.


Strategy Resources (5)
Rubric
 
 
Digital Storytelling (Performance Task) rubric made using RubiStar.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Students "contract" to complete a performance task through the discussion feature of the Learning Management System.
Rubric
 
 
Historical Role Play (Performance Task) rubric made using RubiStar.
Online Student Resource
 
 
This is the performance task workflow guide to give students pacing milestone.
Online Student Resource
 
 
Students "contract" to complete a performance task through the discussion feature of the Learning Management System.
Online Student Resource
 
 
This is the performance task workflow guide to give students pacing milestone.
Rubric
 
 
Digital Storytelling (Performance Task) rubric made using RubiStar.
Rubric
 
 
Historical Role Play (Performance Task) rubric made using RubiStar.
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Seventh grade
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