Typhani Harris | August 2014

Master Class Preview: Writing Performance Tasks

As teachers, we are all familiar with the multitude of professional development days that we must endure.

Traditionally, these days revolve around new strategies, new initiatives, and new expectations.  However, rarely do they deal with the arts. More frequently, our professional development revolves around Common Core and subjects like informational text, stimuli, constructed responses, real world situations, and new assessments.  But where do we, the arts, fit in?  How do we translate this new information into valuable lessons in our arts classrooms?  How can we support the Common Core?

I have spent this year conducting workshops and writing articles on composing performance tasks for the arts.  It has been my mission to shed light on the expectations of Common Core assessments and help teachers support the initiative within the arts.  So, this November I will be holding a master class on Common Core Assessments, specifically writing performance tasks for the arts.

We will begin with a review of the Gist of the Performance Task

And then a review of the expectations when Writing Performance Tasks

Finally, together we will write a performance task that is ready to use in your arts classroom immediately.  Although the narrative with be the same, you will be able to tailor the assessment to your specific discipline and students.

Join me for a hands-on, interactive workshop experience and walk away with a Common Core styled performance task that is tailored for your class! Plus, you will gain the tools needed to successfully create future performance tasks, and assist fellow teachers at your site to create their own!

This will be a great master class!! You don’t want to miss it!

Stay tuned for dates, times, and registration information!! Hope to see you there!

Next Week: Strategies

Lesson Samples for Dance Arts Anchor Standard 1

Next week will be the first of 11 articles highlighting each of the anchor standards for Dance.  Each article will provide lesson seeds, samples, and assessments for the new national core standards for the arts!

About the Author

Dr. Typhani Harris, author of Putting the Performance in Performance Task and Stop Teaching, brings over 2 decades of educational experience to The Institute. Originally a high school English Language Arts teacher, Dr. Harris transitioned into a dance educator who cultivated an award-winning collegiate style dance education program at a public school in California. Prior to joining the Institute, she was an educational leader and instructional coach specializing in preparing new teachers in secondary urban schools.  As the Executive Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Harris maintains courses, conferences, and the accredited certification program at The Institute.