Maybe you're fresh out of university and these concepts have been drilled into you, or maybe you're an experienced educator who is learning the new lingo for what you've been trying to do for years. Either way, this primer on the concept of Depth of Knowledge (DOK) provides visuals and videos to shore up your own knowledge of the concept.
If you've ever sat staring at your computer screen, trying to come up with the right wording for your DOK lesson plans, this resource makes it easy. Better yet, it provides a long list of potential activities that fulfill the 4 levels of complexity represented by DOK.
One aspect of improving rigor at your school is first evaluating what is already happening in the classroom. This article provides a helpful exercise that helps teachers assess the depth of tasks currently being used, and helps educators get a grip on what is reasonable in terms of complexity.
Learning targets are an important part of engaging students in complex tasks that dig deep, but when writing them, it's helpful to take the advice of an experienced educator. Here are four tips that will help you get started.
Grass roots materials can be as valuable (or more valuable) than mandates and suggestions from on high. In this case, a regional group of educators created an educational issue that addresses DOK, providing practical suggestions for every age/grade level and subject area. If your school needs an overhaul in terms of DOK, check out this resource for school-wide resources.
Here it is…everything you need in a 6-page color resource. Charts, bullet point lists, question stem links, flowcharts…if the other resources were lacking, this one will surely be the home run you were looking for.