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Have students complete practice CSP Performance Tasks so that students can get feedback and coaching on their performance before the actual test where you’re not allowed to help.

Have students complete practice CSP Performance Tasks so that students can get feedback and coaching on their performance before the actual test where you’re not allowed to help. Originally posted on CS Teaching Tips

  • Because teachers are not allowed to help students while they are working on the the Performance Tasks (PT) for the AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course, this gives students a practice run where they can get feedback and coaching the writing the Performance Tasks requires.
  • Have students peer review each other PTs.
    • The volume of reading and revisions is too high for the teacher to provide timely feedback.
  • Use this peer review process Rebecca Dovi developed with help from AP and IB english teachers:
    • First, students swap their PT with another student
    • Next, give one statement to students to steer them in the direction of what they are looking for.
      • Never give students more than two statements to steer them.
      • Example Statements:
        • Using a highlighter, mark each time the writer uses emotional language.
        • Using a highlighter, mark every time the writer answers a specific question from the prompt.
          • This one is especially helpful because students often think they have answered a question when they may not have been clear.

Originally posted on CS Teaching Tips by Rebecca Dovi

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