Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, November 16, 2015

Applying Webb's Depth of Knowledge

In my last post, I described Webb's Depth of Knowledge, recommending it as a stronger alternative to Bloom's Taxonomy.  Today, let's look at sample activities taken from Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Guide Career and Technical Education Definitions.

Sample Activities
DOK Level
Possible Activities
Level One
Develop a concept map showing a process or describing a topic.
Write in your own words.
Make a cartoon strip showing the sequence.
Paraphrase a chapter.
Outline the main points.
Basic measurement tasks that involve one step.
Use a simple formula where at least one of the unknowns are provided.
Locating information in mapts, charts, tables, graphs, and drawings.
Level Two
Construct a model to demonstrate how it looks or works.
Write a diary/blog entry.
Make a topographic map.
Write an explanation about this topic for others.
Stating relationships among a number of concepts and/or principles.
Multi-step calculation tasks.
Aggregating/organizing data collected in a basic presentation form.
Level Three
Use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast.
Make a flow chart to show critical stages.
Write a letter to the editor after an evaluation product.
Prepare a case to present your view about a topic.
Explain abstract terms and concepts.
Complex calculation problems that draw on multiple processes.
Create graphs, tables, and charts where students must reason and organize information with teacher prompts.
Level Four
Applying information to solve ill-defined problems in novel situations.
Writing/research tasks that involve formulating and testing hypotheses over time.
Perspective taking and collaboration with a group.
Creating graphs, tables, and charts where students must reason through and organize information without teacher prompts.
Writing tasks with a strong element of persuasion.

Samples from: http://www.aps.edu/rda/documents/resources/Webbs_DOK_Guide.pdf

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