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).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

5 Tools for Increasing Rigor

My newest podcast from School Leadership Briefing is out!

All school leaders understand the importance of increasing rigor in their schools, but what does making classrooms more rigorous really mean? Rigor is not about giving students more work, according to Barbara Blackburn, but means having high expectations for all students and providing support as teachers challenge students to think in more complex ways. Dr. Blackburn is the author of Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers and one of the country’s leading authorities on the topic of rigor and student motivation. In this segment, she provides five tools for school leaders to share with their teachers or look for when doing class observations.

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