Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor
Calculating Cognitive Depth For classroom teachers, the more important question is one of practice: How do we create rich environments where all students learn at a high level? One useful tool, Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Levels, can help teachers meet that challenge. Depth of Knowledge (DoK) categorizes tasks according to the complexity of thinking required to successfully complete them. Level 1. Recall and Reproduction: Tasks at this level require recall of facts or rote application of simple procedures. Level 2. Level 3. Level 4. Recently, educators have begun applying Webb’s DoK to help them design better instruction. 1. 2. 3. The verb does not define the level. 4. 5. Apply as Needed You may be asking at this point, “Well, what is a reasonable distribution? DOK levels are not sequential. DOK levels are also not developmental. To find the right balance, ask yourself these questions: What kinds of thinking do I want students to do routinely?
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