Teaching Students How To Craft Complex Questions

Ever heard of Norman Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Levels? Essentially, they represent how deeply you must know something to complete a task. The 4 levels range from simply recalling facts to making value judgments about experimental methods you use.

They are extremely useful for crafting the questions you ask students and determining whether they are learning as deeply as you intend. What's neat is you can teach your students about DOK so they are able to both self-assess and peer-assess effectively!

Ms. Sweiss helps her Ss actively learn about DOK by letting them create level-aligned questions based on reading passages. She uses Formative to project the emerging questions that students come up with so that they can can give peer feedback before actually using them. Learning about learning=awesome