Planning Lessons for a Range of Cognition


notes-514998_640College & Career Readiness requires a range of cognitive demand throughout a lesson, but most traditional texts fail to include appropriate breadth and depth.  How do we plan for instruction that includes cognition across all four levels within the time constraints of the class period?  You must walk before you can run.  In this session for the Implementing the Common Core State Standards community, presenter Kevin Baird of the Center for College and Career Readiness looked at the structure of the standards, modeled lessons and Performance Tasks, finally working backwards into a Model Task from DOK 1 to DOK 3 / 4.  Kevin looked at areas of direct instruction and classroom models for intervention, collaborative analysis, to written and spoken synthesis in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Breaking out of a “lesson-centric” model, Kevin instead considered a typical week for a student and how to structure their journey across a range of skill acquisition, application and new knowledge creation in a five day cycle.

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