Depth   Of   Knowledge Levels

  • DOK 1:  Recall–Remember their developmental level
  • DOK 2:  Multiple steps, one answer, cognitive decision
  • DOK 3: Justify, some collaboration, abstract, real world, interdisciplinary, more than one answer, multiple approaches


  • DOK 4:
    • Performance tasks are Key in the higher order DOK 3-4
    • DOK 4 is “real world application”  (application is a skill)
    • The nature of a DOK 4 activity calls for a PBL  -project based learning
    • Take more time
    • Rubric
    • Product is important and different
    • Teacher is facilitator…roles change as the student does the work
    • Collaboration
    • Students make decisions
    • Students do research
    • Challenge the kids
    • Problem solving
    • Higher order thinking –HOT
    • Discovery & Inquiry
    • Student does the work and they discovery through inquiry
    • Cross disciplines
    • Greater student autonomy…not cookie cutter
    • They are not led, as they come to their own conclusions.
    • Curve ball….. Throw on a “what if”, make it real world, this changes directions in thought…This is big, as it shifts the PBL to make them


Do not confine a student’s way to show mastery

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