Getting RICHER…performance tasks!

Of course, like everyone I know, I would love to GET RICHER! Who wouldn’t love buckets of money being dropped into their lap? BUT, the ECOO 2011 conference isn’t a money-giver, rather its a knowledge-builder. šŸ™‚ I’ve just attended a workshop that focused on Rich Performance Tasks, thus my blog title, “Getting RICHER…performance tasks!”

Rich Performance Tasks are typically a form of an assignment, or rather a learning opportunity. Typically, RPTs are “authentic activities, exercises, problems or challenges that require students to show what they know and what they can do. Performance tasks lead students to demonstrate their understanding by applying their knowledge and skills to real life situations or scenarios”. (quote from site)

In the classroom, RPTs are replacing the traditional worksheets and textbook work. When we (teachers) develop RPTs, we try to think of ways that the concept (Ontario curriculum expectation) will be needed in real-life application. RPTs allow students to experience academic success at whatever level they are learning at. So, for example, if a student is very math-savvy, they can take the task further than a peer who struggles with math concepts. Therefore, each student has the opportunity to succeed! (I love that!)

To see some GREAT examples of Rich Performance Tasks, teachers should check out the London District Catholic School Board RPT Site , where presenters Todd Wilcox and Ralph Rizzo have contributed tasks to the collection.

Lots of neat ideas, and a timely reminder to step it up a notch in my assignments, ahemm….learning opportunities! šŸ™‚

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