Rigor Made Easy: Getting Started

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Bestselling author and noted rigor expert Barbara Blackburn shares the secrets to getting started, maintaining momentum, and reaching your goals. Learn what rigor looks like in the classroom, understand what it means for your students and get the keys to successful implementation. Learn how to use rigor to raise expectations, provide appropriate support, and meet the Common Core State Standards - whether or not rigor is mandated in your district! This book is filled with practical, use-the-next-day strategies for...

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Overview

Bestselling author and noted rigor expert Barbara Blackburn shares the secrets to getting started, maintaining momentum, and reaching your goals. Learn what rigor looks like in the classroom, understand what it means for your students and get the keys to successful implementation. Learn how to use rigor to raise expectations, provide appropriate support, and meet the Common Core State Standards - whether or not rigor is mandated in your district! This book is filled with practical, use-the-next-day strategies for all grade levels and subject areas. Use the ideas to raise the level of learning for all of your students!

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"Rigor Made Easy" is full of specific ideas that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms to increase rigor."
—Eric Williams, Superintendent, York County School Division, Yorktown, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596672154
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 106,645

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Rigor

Myths About Rigor

Defining Rigor

Chapter 2: Raise the Level of Content

The Common Core State Standards

Selecting Appropriate Text

Multiple Sources of Information

Depth, Not Coverage

Conclusion

Points to Ponder

Chapter 3: Increase Complexity

Digging Deeper

Quality Questions

Ratchet Up Reviews

Take It Up a Notch

Conclusion

Points to Ponder

Chapter 4: Give Appropriate Support and Guidance

Modeling

Gradual Release

Working With Struggling Learners

Extra Help and Support

Conclusion

Points to Ponder

Chapter 5: Open Your Focus

Begin With Discovery

Choices

Perspectives

Connections

Conclusion

Points to Ponder

Chapter 6: Raise Expectations

Student Motivation

Beliefs and Actions

Ensuring Rigor for EACH Student

Celebrating Progress

Conclusion

Points to Ponder

Chapter 7: Challenges and Adventures

I'm Just Not Sure

I Don't Know Where to Start

I Don't Have Enough Time, Support, or Resources

I'm Facing Resistance

What About Grading and Assessment?

Conclusion

Points to Ponder

References

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