How to Add Rigor to Anything

Rigor is defined as thorogh, exact, and demanding.  Common Core has raised the bar of expectations in our classrooms.  The level of Rigor must be raised to raise the achievement of the studetns we serve.

Terry Heick at Teach Thought has put together 10 strategies to add rigor to anything. 

Mr. Heick outlines Myths about Rigor and Why Rigor is important.

Myth #1: Lots of Homework is a Sign of Rigor

Myth #2: Rigor Means Doing More

Myth #3: Rigor is Not For Everyone

Myth #4: Providing Support Means Lessening Rigor

Myth #5: Resources Do Not Equal Rigor

Why Rigor Matters

Rigor matters because it imposes cognitive load on students, forcing them to confront misconceptions, reconsider positions, separate the implicit from the explicit, and other critical thinking practices that distinguish shaky familiarity from true understanding.

Then he shares 10 strategies for adding Rigor.

1. Necessitate a transfer of understanding

2. Require students to synthesizing multiple sources

3. Design tasks with multiple steps that build cognitively

4. Use divergent perspectives

5. Use divergent media forms

6. Break away from content-area convention

7. Require design thinking (often in project-based learning)

8. Require long-term observation or analysis

9. Study nuance

10. Require students to take and defend positions

The full post can be found here. 


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