Everybody agrees that rigor is critical to student achievement but few understand what rigor truly is or how to effectively implement rigorous instruction. Rigor is a quality of instruction that requires students to construct meaning for themselves, impose structure on information, integrate individual skills into processes, operate within but at the outer edge of their abilities, and apply what they learn in more than one context and to unpredictable situations. Our Resources on Educational Rigor below can help you implement rigorous instruction in your classrooms.
- Resources for the Classroom
- Staff Development Kits
- Keynote Presentations
How to Plan Rigorous Instruction
Drawing from Principle 2 in her best-seller Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, Robyn R. Jackson explains how to plan more rigorous, engaging, and rewarding lessons. Regardless of the grade level or discipline you teach, discover how to create lessons that are much more focused, activities that are more relevant and engaging, and assessments that are much more informative to both you and your students. Lots of helpful worksheets, planning templates, and strategy sheets help you plan more rigorous learning units from start to finish—from selecting better content, to implementing more powerful instructional strategies, to creating and administering more meaningful assessments.
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Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching Series is a how-to series that focuses on each of the seven mastery principles introduced in our best-selling book Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching which can be found in our store along with its companion training DVD.
- Rigorous Summative Assessment
- Learning Goal Rigor-Analysis worksheet
- Learning Material Rigor-Analysis worksheet
- Learning Material Decision-Making Template
- Acquisition Lesson Planning Worksheet
- Application Lesson Planning Worksheet
- Assimilation Lesson Planning Worksheet
- Rigorous Unit Plan Template
- Evaluative Checklist for a Rigorous Unit
- Rigorous Unit Planning Template – Short Version
- Abstracting Template – p.76
- Planning for Rigor
- Using Rigor to Unpack the Common Core Standards
- Rigor Instruction Sereis
- Leading the Common Core with Rigor
- Rigor Series for Educational Leaders
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- Rigor or Rigor Mortis
- Overcoming Resistance to Rigor
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How to Plan a Rigorous Unit Tutorial