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Powerful Task Design

Rigorous and Engaging Tasks to Level Up Instruction
First Edition
By: John V. Antonetti, Terri Stice

This book will teach you to use the Powerful Task Rubric for Designing Student Work to analyze, design, and refine engaging tasks of learning.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506399140
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: March 21, 2018

Price: $39.95



How can educators use technology to increase students’ engagement in activities essential to rigorous learning? What are the most effective tools for analyzing, designing, and refining those tasks of learning? And finally, how can we increase the cognitive rigor and thoughtful integration of technology into learning tasks, in order to better prepare students for college and beyond?

In Powerful Task Design, these questions and more will be answered, as you get to know the Powerful Task Rubric for Designing Student Work. Applicable for educators across all disciplines and grade levels, you’ll use the tool to analyze, design, and refine cognitively engaging tasks of learning. This guide will help you

  • Explore and use the Powerful Task Rubric piece-by-piece in an easily digestible format to help you delve into the tool’s design components.
  • Use technology to complete interactive tasks, and understand first-hand how technology is a critical design component in student task design that brings about more profound and relevant learning.
  • Identify opportunities for creating powerful tasks in the areas of engagement, academic strategies, questions, and cognition.
  • Supplement your task design arsenal with tools like the Diagnostic Instrument to Analyze Learning (DIAL).

This must-have resource brings together the research and strategies educators need to design engaging, powerful learning tasks. Student performance has a direct correlation to the power of the learning task - this book will help you positively impact both.

Key features

    • The Powerful Task Rubric, a practical guide for lesson planning to ensure rigorous cognitive engagement
    • Annotated examples of teacher lesson plans and student work, showing how to intentionally design for more cognitive engagement
    • Strategies in each chapter, showing teachers how to "level up" the rigor in classroom tasks
    • Readers will complete tasks at each level of the Rubric as well, to experience the difference between each level
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors

Introduction: The Power of the Task

1. The Work of School

A Task Is a Task

Task Predicts Performance

The Design Components of a Task

Technology in a Working Model, or When Terri Met Sally (Ahem, John)

The Powerful Task Rubric for Designing Student Work

2. Analyzing Learning With the Powerful Task Rubric

One Content, Five Tasks

Where Was the Power?

3. The Power of Engagement

The Qualities of Engagement

Interaction as Engagement

A Task Is Powered Up

4. The Power of Academic Strategies

It Starts on the Playground

Strategies of Personal Response

Identifying Similarities and Differences

Summarizing and Note-Making

Note-Taking Becomes Note-Making

Reflection in Note-Making

Nonlinguistic Representations

Generating and Testing Hypotheses

Reflection and Closure

5. The Power of the Question

Where Does a Question Come From?


Where Do Teacher Questions Come From?

How to Open a Question

Technology and Questions

6. Engaged in What? The Power of Cognition

Cognitive Demand

Learning Through Accepting Meaning

Thinking and Making Meaning

Making Meaning on Top of Meaning

Sliding Across the Cognitive Continua: A Hierarchy, Not a Sequence

Math Cognition and the Task Rubric

Encoding and Memory

7. Power Up: Using the Diagnostic Instrument to Analyze Learning

The Diagnostic Instrument to Analyze Learning

Premises and Research Behind the DIAL

Using the DIAL

Three DIAL Implementations

Tips for the Tool

8. Putting It All Together

Final Thoughts





For Instructors

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