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DOK for Staff


Christina Bentheim

on 7 June 2013

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Transcript of DOK for Staff

Depth of Knowledge Staff Development Day
October 5, 2009 Christina A. Bentheim, M.Ed.
Presenter What is DOK? Norman Webb
University of Wisconsin scale of cognitive demand intended to describe the complexity of thinking Nevada Department of Education and CCSD believe DOK levels:
Provide for a greater depth and breadth of learning;
Provide schools with a baseline in which to strengthen their p-values;
Meet the requirements of academic rigor required by No Child Left Behind; and
Ensure testing items are cognitively demanding. The current assessment ability levels of A1, A2, and A3 are being replaced with Webb's DOK levels. Replacement is expected to be complete by 2010. DOK levels Bloom's In other words:

In Bloom’s Taxonomy, verbs represent the levels of cognitive processes.

In DOK, levels are determined by the context in which the verb is used.

When determining the DOK level of content standards and assessment items, the complexity of thought is considered along with depth of content (cognitive load). Coding Practice What does higher level thinking look like? Essential Question Jot and talk with a neighbor. Key Terms DOK
cognitive load
cognitive ability levels
complexity Now, take out the lesson you brought and code your lesson. Did you reach DOK levels 3 and 4 consistently? Take 5 minutes to re-work your lesson to include DOK levels 3 and 4. If your lesson is already to those levels, please offer your feedback to another person at your table. Take 2 minutes to reflect with your table with regard to the changes you made to your lessons--and how you can apply those modifications to future lessons. See if your answer to the essential question might be different now. If not, you're not alone. A recent Doug Reeves study determined that more than 60 percent of classroom instruction within CCSD is done at Level 1 (worksheets, questioning strategies that do not elicit thinking, etc.) Action Plan:

What immediate steps will you take to implement DOK into your teaching?
How will you allow DOK to inform your teaching and influence your planning?
As a grade level, how will you determine which DOK areas you need to focus on within the standards?
As a school, how will we use our p-values to determine the areas in which our DOK is weak? Please complete the brief e-mail survey about this training and the presenter. Your feedback will be used for improvement in future presentations. In other words, DOK is
here to heavily aid in
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. Take a moment and review the Nevada definitions of DOK. Circle any terms you think are key for understanding how the levels work. Jot down things you notice about the terminology ... basic
medium Take a moment to go back
and review your DOK circle.
Would you make any changes?
What? Why? Final Activity Take out your DOK connections sheet. With your table, discuss the elements of DOK observed in this presentation and jot them down. HINT: All four were used. Thank you for being patient and cooperative!
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