Last week, I wrote about my concern with the perspective that the CCS will solve all issues related to rigor in the classroom. If you are planning for implementation of the standards, here's a great resource for you. Here's a short introduction:
"We cannot assume that simply adopting the standards provides a rigorous environment for students. Rigor is more than what you teach, it's how you teach and how students show you they understand. The CCSs are an excellent foundation for increasing rigor in your classroom; however, there are other integral aspects of rigor to consider."
Building on my definition of rigor-- 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)--you'll find specific examples of how to demonstrate high expectations, how to provide support for students, and how each student can demonstrate learning.
Download the white paper free today over at Eye on Education!