Performance tasks make learning fun! They give students the opportunity to become actively involved rather than being passive receptors of lecture. With good resource materials, a meaningful task, and a good rubric, performance tasks can be the thing that helps students to get up before the alarm just to get to school and work. Parents can become involved, work can be displayed and shared, and students can proudly boast of what they have accomplished.
It is always important to begin with standards and what you want the students to achieve. Once these have been determined, there are a myriad of ways to turn them into performance tasks. The ideas listed below have been tried successfully and are just waiting for your adaptations. Remember that they can be used across the curriculum, at all grade levels and for different levels of achievers. Don't limit yourself when applying them to your classroom!