Weekly Message

Monday, December 7, 2015

Essential Component of the Classroom!

“Firm evidence shows that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work and that its development can raise standards of achievement.”

P. Black & D. Williams (1998) inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment. Phi Delta Kappa, 80(2)

Applying Webb's DOK Levels in Math

Level 3 (Strategic Thinking)

Reasoning, planning, using evidence, and a higher level of thinking than the previous Levels 1 and 2. In most instances, students must explain their thinking if question is at Level 3. Activities that require students to make conjectures are also at this level 3.

The cognitive demands at Level 3 are complex and abstract. The complexity does not result from the fact that there are multiple answers, a possibility for both Levels 1 and 2, but because the task requires more demanding reasoning. An activity, however, that has more than one possible answer and requires students to justify the response they give would most likely be at Level 3. Other Level 3 activities include drawing conclusions from observations; citing evidence and developing a logical argument for concepts; explaining phenomena in terms of concepts; and deciding which concepts to apply in order to solve a complex problem.

Level 4 (Extending Thinking)

Complex reasoning, planning, developing, and thinking, most likely over an extended period of time. Requires applying significant conceptual understanding and higher-order thinking. For example, if a student has to take the water temperature from a river each day for a month and then construct a graph, this would be classified as a Level 2. However, if the student is to conduct a river study that requires taking into consideration a number of variables, this would be a Level 4. At Level 4, the cognitive demands of the task should be high and the work should be very complex. Students should be required to make several connections—relate ideas within the content area or among content areas—and have to select one approach among many alternatives on how the situation should be solved, in order to be at this highest level.

Level 4 activities include designing and conducting experiments and projects; developing and proving conjectures, making connections between a finding and related concepts and phenomena; combining and synthesizing ideas into new concepts; and critiquing experimental designs.


Mrs. Quintero will present Session 2: ESL Program & WIDA (All staff must do)

Next week Applying Webb's DOK in Science!