Typhani Harris | December 2014

Master Class Review: Writing Performance Tasks

Editor’s note: If you couldn’t attend our Live Event on November 19th, 2014 with Dr. Typhani Harris, you can still view the entire presentation right here!  Today, Typhani will be sharing some insights from the event, as well as answer some of the questions that popped up that night.

Thank you to the participants of the master class review, I hope it inspired you to bring performance tasks into your classrooms!  This master class review was an opportunity to bridge Common Core and the arts in a tangible manner.  The master class review provided an excellent opportunity to share the the real world experience of the common  core assessments.

In addition, start to bridge the proverbial gap between the arts and standardized testing.  The new common core assessments provide a unique characteristic in real world scenarios. We as educators, no matter the subject, are charged with preparing students for these scenarios for their futures.  So, the performance tasks offer the chance to place students in real world situations. Additionally, to challenge them to synthesize information across subjects, and have them apply this information to real world situations they may encounter. Some of the questions that were posed at the master class review were:

What if there are different populations/classes?

As with any classroom differentiation is a necessity.  If you have students that need a little more help when applying the performance task don’t hesitate to assist them in the comprehension of the stimuli.  Provide students with a graphic organizers to assist the in the process.

Could the PRE assessment be the planning page? and the POST assessment could be the product? 

Absolutely! Utilizing the original scenarios as a pre test will allow you to discover the knowledge of your students without the accompaniment of the stimuli.  After the semester, offer the students the stimuli and allow them to reassess their knowledge with the second scenario.

How can this be included in the school SLOs? 

This is a great question, absolutely build this into the SLOs.  There are multiple ways to assess student growth throughout the performance tasks.  Assess their ability to correctly cite information, assess the ability for students to be able to  synthesize the information ,or apply the information to the specific situations.  There are plenty of ways  to measure SLOs within the performance tasks.

Would a Visual Arts translation be an editorial cartoon? or a “comic strip” addressing the topic?  

Both of these are great ideas for final tasks or products for the students to create.  Don’t hold back on the possibilities of performance task products anything and everything can ideally become a product.

I hope you enjoy the performance task process and please download the resource guide for more information on bringing performance tasks to your classroom and bridging Common Core and the arts!

Next Week: Strategies

Standard 5 Assignments and Assessments
Next week will be the 5th of 11 articles highlighting the new national arts standards  Each of these articles provide lesson seeds, assignments and assessments for the the new core arts standards!

Registered attendees received a copy of the resource guide for free as a part of their registration.  If you didn’t register, but would still like a copy of the resource guide, you can purchase it below for just $15.
Once purchased, you will be sent a link with instant access to the digital download.  This guide contains all of the information that Typhani shared, as well as additional details not found in her original presentation.


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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.