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What type of tasks should we ask students to do?

November 16, 2011
By Julie Graber , Times-Republican

For many students, the connection between work done in the classroom and "real life" can be difficult to see. In traditional classrooms, tasks that students complete can rely too much on the memorization and retrieval of information and/or applying knowledge to a familiar or routine task. Too few tasks ask students to think at a higher level or have in-depth understanding in a particular discipline. The challenge for some students then becomes "playing the game of school" by figuring out how to comply with requirements rather than using their minds to solve important, meaningful problems or answering challenging questions.



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