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).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Name It, Claim It, and Explain It

One of my favorite activities for leaders comes from Rigorous Schools and Classrooms (and it's also in my newest book).  As you visit throughout your school, use your phone or a camera to take pictures or video of best instructional practices.  Then, start each faculty meeting by showing the picture or video.  The teacher who is featured should name it, claim it as their own, and explain what they were doing.  It's a great way to promote best practices, shift the culture of your school, and start your meetings with an instructional focus.  This is always one of the most popular activities during my workshops with principals. 

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