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Task Rotation: Strategies for Differentiating Activities and Assessments by Learning Style


By Harvey F. Silver, Joyce W. Jackson, Daniel R. Moirao

Published by ASCD

Engage all learners with instruction and assessments that encourage different styles of thinking.


This PLC Guide focuses on Task Rotation, a strategy that provides teachers with a manageable and highly effective way to differentiate learning activities and formative assessments via learning styles. The strategy is designed around research showing that students whose teachers incorporate a variety of learning styles into classroom activities routinely perform better on objective tests and performance assessments than do students who receive “traditional” instruction. When using Task Rotation, teachers present students with four interrelated tasks that ask them to use different styles of thinking:

  • Mastery tasks ask students to remember and describe.
  • Understanding tasks ask students to reason and explain.
  • Self-Expressive tasks ask students to imagine and create.
  • Interpersonal tasks ask students to explore feelings and relate personally.

Additional information

Weight 0.75 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in
Poster Size

20.0" × 32.0"



First Publication Date

May 2011







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