2. Tasks for Engaged Learning
Challenging. Unlike tasks usually offered
in schools, challenging tasks are typically complex and required sustained
amounts of time. Such tasks also require students to stretch their thinking
and social skills in order to be successful.
Authentic. Authentic tasks correspond
to tasks in the home and workplace. They are closely related to real-world
problems and projects, build on life experiences, require in-depth work,
and benefit from frequent collaboration. Such collaboration can take place
with peers and mentors within school or with diverse people outside of
and authentic tasks often require integrated instruction, which blends
disciplines into thematic or problem-based pursuits, and instruction that
incorporates problem-based learning and curriculum by project.