Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thoughts from the last couple of weeks

I've been traveling some lately. Two sessions with a mix of teacher-leaders and administrators; one in South Carolina, one in Kentucky. Really great groups. One of the most important takeaways? How we can concretely look at high expectations in the classroom. We regularly talk about asking higher order questions, but just as important is how we respond to students' responses. Often, students respond with a low-level answer, and we accept that and move on! That isn't rigor. What happens in your classroom? Do we probe, extend, or accept a basic response from students?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Interesting blog entry!

Ran across this blog--a nice application of the vision letter activity!