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Performance-Based Learning
Aligning Experiential Tasks and Assessment to Increase Learning

Second Edition


June 2007 | 184 pages | Corwin
Performance-Based Learning: Aligning Experiential Tasks and Assessment to Increase Learning demonstrates how teachers can promote student achievement by incorporating performance tasks into the curriculum. This resource provides an abundance of sample lesson plans and rubrics that integrate performance-based learning across multiple content areas and can be modified for students at different grade and ability levels. The revised edition includes updated research, a new section about how to design your own performance-based learning activities, an expanded discussion of cooperative learning teams, and a collection of reproducible masters that teachers can use for planning and implementation.
 
Dedication
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
A Cautionary Tale
 
1. Introduction to Performance Learning
 
Part 1. Basic Performances
 
2. Rotting Peels and Cores
 
3. Learning Brains and Music Strains
 
4. Making Sense of Stories
 
Part II. Intermediate Performances
 
5. “… To Form a More Perfect Classroom”
 
6. Cruising the Cortex: Sightseeing for Smarts
 
7. Patterning Neurons to Picture Patterns
 
Part III. Advanced Performances
 
8. Half-Life in World Life
 
9. The Heart-Smart Gourmet
 
10. A Special Holiday: AttaGram Day
 
Part IV. Designing Performance-Based Activities
 
11. Designing Performance Learning Activities
 
Reproducibles
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Gives educators new to performance learning a broad collection of examples for using this model. The sample lessons are tied to learning standards and incorporate a myriad of different modalities."

Rachel Moreno, Associate Professional Specialist
University of Notre Dame

"Provides excellent, thorough examples of lessons for classroom use. The lessons follow a user-friendly pattern and include outstanding rubrics that can be adapted easily by the teacher."

Debra Rose Howell, Teacher
Monte Cristo Elementary, Granite Falls, WA

"The author presents clever activities in a well-organized format that includes useful planning features such as charts and rubrics to make learning concrete."

Masha K. Rudman, Professor of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

"Provides excellent examples of lessons for classroom application."

California Bookwatch, October 2007

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