Teaching Beyond Pinterest

Below, you’ll find activities and tasks that I’ve created and/or adapted that leverage the principles of groupworthy tasks based on Complex Instruction (Cohen, Lotan, Scarloss & Arellano, 1999) and can be paired with divergent formative assessment (Pryor & Crosussard, 2008).

My Cat Likes to Hide In Boxes Task: In 2015, I developed a groupworthy task for fifth grade students about finding patterns and extrapolating patterns to linear expressions. The task is based on the book, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton and Lynley Dodd. You’ll find a link to a narration of the book and the task below.

Book Narration

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Cohen, E. G., Lotan, R. A., Scarloss, B. A., & Arellano, A. R. (1999). Complex Instruction: Equity in cooperative learning classrooms. Theory into Practice, 38(2), 80-86.


Pryor, J., & Crossouard, B. (2008). A socio‐cultural theorisation of formative assessment. Oxford  Review of Education, 34(1), 1-20.

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