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, July 31, 2014

Rigor in Your Classroom

A special thanks to MiddleWeb and Dr. Laura Von Staden for a great review of the new Rigor in Your Classroom:  A Toolkit for Teachers.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Using Riddles to Increase Rigor

I've always recommended using riddles to help students demonstrate understanding of vocabulary words or concepts.  Here's a blog post over at Cognitive Rigor that explains more.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Update

It's been a busy June and start to July.  Last month, I was in Phoenix (twice), Austin and Houston, TX, Richmond and Accomack VA, and Louisville, KY.  Lots of great time with teachers and leaders, working on rigor, motivation, and student engagement.  This week, I'm in Nashville at the National Association of Elementary School Principals' Conference, and then I return here next week for the Southern Regional Education Board's National Staff Development Conference.  If you'll be at either conference, be sure to track me down--you can always tweet me @BarbBlackburn!