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By Eleanor Dougherty

What precisely is an "assignment," and why does it subject? How can educators make sure that their instructing meets the rigorous calls for of the typical center nation criteria, in order that all scholars are organized for school or careers? Drawing from her huge adventure as a instructor trainer, writer Eleanor Dougherty solutions those questions and lots of extra, with goals in brain: (1) to steer lecturers and directors in crafting high quality assignments, and (2) to assist educators comprehend the robust influence that assignments could have on educating and studying.
The booklet explains the severe ameliorations between "assignments," "activities," and "assessments" and punctiliously describes the main parts of an task: activates, rubrics, items, and educational plans. Readers will learn the way to
* stick to a seven-step technique for crafting powerful assignments;
* hyperlink assignments to devices and courses;
* Devise "Anchor" assignments for collaboration and consistency throughout grades;
* faucet into educational "touchstones" which may increase any assignment;
* Create school room and college environments that help assignment-making; and
* Use assignments as a resource of information approximately instructing and learning.

Equipped with the information and services won from Assignments subject, readers should be in a position to create significant studying reviews for his or her scholars and are available to understand the author's trust that "assignments may be the lacking hyperlink at school reform efforts to enhance scholar achievement."

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You said. A new teacher related how he figured out that instruction should be closely tied to what students encounter when they are assessed or when they have to perform. Analyzing the AP results from his first year of teaching, he saw that only one student had passed. He realized that he had spent so much time on content that he had not given students opportunities to learn how to use that content in a written essay, which is what they had to do to pass the AP exam. The next year he gave a short assignment requiring a brief essay each week, focusing each time on a small set of skills that students needed so they could achieve a score of 3 or better on the AP scale.

Yet educators and policymakers use the term rigorous so often that it is rarely understood by two or more people as the same thing. In an attempt to bring clarity and allow for a more analytical discussion about rigorous instruction, I refer in this book to two features of an assignment that constitute rigor: demands and qualities. Each term describes expectations for student work that must be present for an assignment to be deemed rigorous. Demands and qualities are conveyed through the combined content in a prompt and a rubric.

In an attempt to bring clarity and allow for a more analytical discussion about rigorous instruction, I refer in this book to two features of an assignment that constitute rigor: demands and qualities. Each term describes expectations for student work that must be present for an assignment to be deemed rigorous. Demands and qualities are conveyed through the combined content in a prompt and a rubric. Demands constitute the “do it this way” element and are usually described in the prompt as well as the rubric.

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