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How C & A Works

Performance Results - A Model for Lifelong Learning

The Performance Results, adopted by the Salt Lake City School District in 1992, state observable exemplary behaviors and attitudes successful students (and human beings) demonstrate. C & A classrooms use the Performance Results as a framework for fostering student academic, social, and personal responsibility.  The Performance Results also form a foundation for learning content.  Science or Social Studies, or Language Arts are the vehicles through which students practice using the performance results. 

The six performance standards are Quality Worker and Producer, Effective Communicator, Contributor to the Community, Self-Directed Learner, Cooperative Group Participant, and Complex Thinker and Problem Solver.

These performance results play out differently in individual classrooms:

A second grade student notices his first grade buddy's unorganized reading file and offers help. As a Contributor to the Community, he realizes his responsibility to assist others.

In science classes at Clayton, students participate in conducting science experiments.  They must use the performance results to successfully complete their work.  They need to effectively communicate with each other, work together in a group, become self-directed in following through and doing quality work.  The teachers and students discuss these standards as they lay out the science of the experiment. 

During Writers Workshop, several fifth and sixth graders form a peer group, each sharing a writing piece. As Cooperative Group Participants, students listen attentively to each other's writing and give non-threatening, supportive feedback. Students feel comfortable sharing their work with others, and appreciate peer questions and insights.

A visitor would see students working in groups, discussing, making connections, collecting evidence, and drawing conclusions about specific content.  C&A teachers do not spend most of their time in front of the classroom talking; instead they work to set up opportunities for students to practice and learn skills.

Daily interactions within the classroom help students practice, imitate, and eventually internalize the Performance Results, creating a respectful, motivated learning community that cultivates a desire to be enthusiastic life-long learners.


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