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).

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dealing with Setbacks

Have you ever dealt with a setback?  More importantly, have your students learned to deal with them?  I was recently reminded of this when a seemingly perfect opportunity presented itself.  Unfortunately, it did not work out, and I had to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start again.  This is a lesson that is critical for our students.  Too often, when they hit a bump in the road, they simply give up.  But part of a rigorous classroom is encouraging them to try again, and again, and again until they master the content. As teachers, this means we also have to be persistent, continuing to encourage them and help them succeed.  Who do you need to help today?

1 comment:

  1. We're at the end of academic units. Projects are due. This is the time that the self-motivated students separate themselves from the ones who need extra support (usually emotional). Knowing this and reacting with encouragement is such an important part of our job.


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