The Common Core State Standards ask educators and students to rise above previous levels of performance in ELA. Students can no longer get by with demonstrating surface level, or lower levels of understanding. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.
How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level?
One useful tool, Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them. These levels fit with Bloom’s Taxonomy that we all know by heart!
Use the Sample Task Sheets based on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and Bloom’s Taxonomy to help you differentiate, and to be sure you are assigning tasks that vary in complexity of thinking required to be successful. This will help you to ensure that you do not have too many low level tasks, and that you have incorporated higher order thinking tasks in your instructional routines. Educators CAN and SHOULD differentiate resources, teaching strategies, learning activities, and assessments. These sheets will help!!!!!
These sheets are easy to read, easy to use, and PRACTICAL! As educators, we need our resources to be as practical and user friendly as possible- we do not have the time to be looking up, and spending hours searching the web or our own resources for differentiated tasks that also address all levels of complexity!!!