2.10: Professional Development Activities and Exercises
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Professional Development Activities
I. With one or two other peers, write one short-term lesson plan objective for each of the six cognitive levels. Make sure that your objectives: are written toward the student whom you will be teaching; contain the three components (conditions, behavior (s), and minimal standards); are clear, specific, and quantitative. When you finish, your instructor may want representatives from each group to put an objective on the chalkboard by category (e.g. Knowledge, Comprehension, etc.) for class discussion. This will not only enhance your objective-writing skills, but it will give you a better understanding of other academic areas.
II. Respond to the following objectives with:
A. All three components are present;
B. The conditions are missing;
C. The observable behavior is missing;
D. The minimal standards of performance are missing.
Only one answer per item. Do not respond with D if there is no observable behavior.
_____1. As a class assignment, the student will write a summary of the first chapter of their earth
_____2. From memory, the student will list the first five Presidents of the U.S. in sequence
_____3. As a written exercise, the student will solve at least three of four stated problems
involving monetary subtraction.
_____4. After watching The Lion King, the student will evaluate the film.
_____5. The student will recite the alphabet in sequence within two attempts.
III. Respond to each of the following descriptions of student activities with respect to the cognitive level in which the student is performing.
_____1. With a tape measure, the student measures the perimeter of the classroom within a one-inch margin of error.
_____2. The student counts from one to ten within two attempts.
_____3. The student gives two oral reasons supporting his pro-life or pro-choice position.
_____4. When presented with the pattern 2, 5, 8, 11, the student writes the next three numbers.
_____5. The student breaks down a dollar into nickels, dimes, and quarters.
_____6. The student writes a poem about her principal’s retirement.
1. D. There are no minimal standards because there is no mention of what should be included in the summary. As written, the student could write virtually anything.
2. B. There are no conditions. “From memory” is a minimal standard, meaning without notes, assistance, etc.
3. A. All components are present: conditions (“As a written exercise”), behavior (“solve”), and minimal standards (“at least three of four”).
4. C. “Evaluate” is not an observable behavior.
5. B. There are no conditions. “In sequence” is a minimal standard.
1. C. The student is taking information that has been acquired and comprehended, and she is using
it in a concrete situation.
2. A. The student is engaging in the recitation of memorized material.
3. F. The student is making a value judgement on the basis of his personal, predetermined criteria.
4. B. The student has understood a continuation in a trend of data.
5. D. The student is breaking down a unified whole into its basic parts, and is understanding the relationships among these parts.
6. E. Writing a poem is a creative process.
Write the letter of the cognitive level in the blank beside the task to which it corresponds.
______ 1. The student will correctly list at least five of the seven animals she saw at the zoo yesterday.
______ 2. The student will correctly list two similarities and two differences between a bird and a butterfly.
______ 3. The student will recite the number of the four seasons in correct order.
______ 4. The student will write the correct answer to the problem 32 × 77.
______ 5. The student will correctly state the first and last name of the first President of the United States.
______ 6. The student will write the exact time of an analog clock printed on her worksheet.
______ 7. The student will correctly write two synonyms for each of two given spelling words.
______ 8. The student will state two reasons why he prefers a particular breed of dog over others.
______ 9. The student decides to play volleyball instead of soccer during recess.
______ 10. The student will write a surprise ending to an unfinished story.
______ 11. The student will devise a clean-up project that involves two other students and an outside agency.
______ 12. The student will write the next three numbers to the listing of 1, 4, 7.
______ 13. From an assortment of screws, bolts, washers, and nails, the student will sort them into separate piles with no more than two errors.
______ 14. The student will correctly write two formulas previously presented in class.
______ 15. The student will correctly solve two stated math problems.
______16. The student will write the names of each of the main characters from 3 given reading assignments.
______ 17. The student will retell a newspaper article he has read, including the names of two of the people mentioned and two of the events described.
______ 18. The student will write a story about a lost puppy, which includes the correct usage of five of her vocabulary words.
______ 19. From a random list of six numbers, the student will write them from highest to lowest with no errors.
______ 20. The student will write which U.S. President he believes has accomplished the most, and write two reasons why.
Beside each of the objectives below write
A= All components are present
B= Conditions are missing
C= Behavior is missing
D= Minimal standards are missing
______ 1. From memory, the student will write the multiplication tables of two, from 0-10.
______ 2. On a daily quiz, the student will write the names of the four seasons.
______ 3. With no mistakes, the student will recite the names of at least two of Thomas Edison’s inventions.
______ 4. In a conversation with her teacher, the student will describe the performance of the current President of the United States.
______ 5. As an in-class assignment, the student will know the names of her state’s governor and lieutenant governor.
______ 6. On a written math test, the student will solve at least 18 of 20 problems.
______ 7. As an in-class assignment, the student will understand two similarities and two differences between a dog and a cat.
______ 8. In a conversation with her teacher, the student will describe, in detail, the Battle of the Bulge.
______ 9. On a written quiz, the student will define at least 18 of the 20 words correctly.
______ 10. Without teacher-assistance, the student will recite his first and last name; month, day, and year of his birth date; and the name of the state where he currently lives.
______ 11. In a teacher-student conversation, the student will describe the important causes of World War II.
______ 12. Following a unit on social equity, the student will appreciate three factors underlying civil rights protests.
______ 13. With only a hard-cover dictionary, the student will write the definitions of five given words.
______ 14. Presented with five sentences, the student will correctly underline the subject and circle the verb in each.
______ 15. After an anti-smoking unit, 23 of 26 smokers will recognize their previous attitudes regarding smoking.
______ 16. In exact order, the student will list the planets in their positions from the sun.
______ 17. In a conversation with her teacher, the student will explain the process of osmosis.
______ 18. Shown an analog clock, the student will recite the time shown within a one-minute margin of error.
______ 19. After reading an assigned chapter, the student will know the names of three places mentioned.
______ 20. Presented with an analog clock, the student will approximate the correct time with a five-minute margin of error.