The holiday season highlights the many traditions and cultures in our great nation, and as a high school teacher, the last couple months have opened an even greater need to foster trust and acceptance among our students as we begin celebrating the season.
As educators, we are all too familiar with the craziness of the month of December. It is right before a large break, students and teachers alike are exhausted, and the excitement of the season creates a palpable energy that is impossible to contain. It is always my advice to plan opportunities for students to design and create during this time of year. It gives them the chance to practice their skills and knowledge in tangible self-chosen ways. This way we can encourage their energy instead of stifling it.
It is important that we not only design ways to foster student creativity and choice, but also cultivate trust and acceptance during this time of year.
Today we have designed two performance tasks that are great for students to learn, cultivate, and celebrate the many traditions of their peers during this holiday season. Each task has a design component, data collection, and written proposal that incorporates creation, rationale/justification, and writing composition. These tasks are designed for secondary students but can be revised for younger students.
Performance Task Snapshots
Performance Task 1 has students interview family and friends to design a retail store window display that highlights and celebrates the various traditions of the season.
Performance Task 2 has students interview family and friends to design a company holiday party that highlights and celebrates the various traditions of the season.
Each performance task comes complete with the scenario, task components, interview charts, and rubrics.
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Typhani Harris is a dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). Recently, she has made a cross-country move and is now an instructional coach in Brooklyn, New York. Having begun as a high school English teacher, it has been her mission to bring theory and research into the traditional dance class, and in 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education. Typhani is currently on a mission to help teachers Stop Teaching and Start Reaching their students, check out the unTeacher Lab at stopteaching.org