Depth of Knowledge or DOK, is a measure of the cognitive complexity of a task. The complexity level of thinking required by a standard, task, or test item. Why do we need to know the DOK level? There must be alignment between the intended depth of the standard, the depth of instruction, and the depth of assessment.
I have created a quick visual for you here using a FREE iPad app called Skitch.
DOK Levels I-IV:
DOK Level I: Recall and Production
DOK Level II: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
DOK Level III: Strategic Thinking
DOK Level IV: Extended Thinking
Since we want to encourage and support our students to be problem solvers and critical thinkers, we need to provide many opportunities through lessons planned at DOK Levels II and III. We can "visit" Levels I and IV.
Here are two student created videos. The first link is a video from Rancho Minerva Middle School that shows each of the four DOK levels in action. http://youtu.be/VW7mSAAuFM0 The second video is a student created video from Kings Canyon Middle School. Let's have our students create and demonstrate what DOK looks like in the classroom! Here is to you planning many more rigorous lesson plans where ALL students are engaged, ALL students are challenged, and ALL students are learning!!
Many more great things are in store for Fairfield High!
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