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Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word

2nd Edition

By Barbara Blackburn

Routledge – 2013 – 208 pages

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    978-1-59667-226-0
    November 2nd 2012

Description

Learn how to increase rigor so that all students can reach higher levels of learning! With this new edition of a teacher-tested best seller, you get practical ideas for increasing text complexity, providing scaffolding during reading instruction, creating open-ended projects, and much more. The enhanced second edition provides important connections to the Common Core State Standards, plus new sections on problem-based learning, implementation of high standards, and working with special-needs students.

Contents

Preface

1: The Case for Rigor

Introduction

The Call for Rigor

New Calls for Rigor

Seven Myths About Rigor

Does This Really Matter?

Students' Perceptions of Rigor

Conclusion

2: Digging Into Rigor

Expecting Students to Learn at High Levels

Levels of Questioning

Differentiated Instruction and Multiple Intelligences

Supporting Each Student to Learn at High Levels

Rigor Does Not Stand Alone

Conclusion

3: Raise the Level of Content

Valuing Depth

Increasing Text Difficulty

Creating Connections

Reviewing, Not Repeating

Planning for Implementation of High Standards

Conclusion

4: Increase Complexity

Complexity Through Problem-Based Learning

Complexity in Writing

Complexity as You Assess Prior Knowledge

Complexity With Vocabulary

Complexity in Review Games

5: Give Appropriate Support and Guidance

Scaffolding During Reading Activities

Modeling Expected Instructional Behaviors

Providing Clear Expectations

Chunking Big Tasks

Presenting Multiple Opportunities to Learn

Working With Students With Special Needs

Conclusion

6: Open Your Focus

Open-Ended Questioning

Open-Ended Research

Open-Ended Vocabulary Instruction

Open-Ended Projects

Open-Ended Choices for Students

Conclusion

7: Raise Expectations

Expecting the Best

Expanding the Vision

Ownership of Learning

Tracking Progress

Creating a Culture

Conclusion

8: Assessment and Grading

Assessment That Impacts Learning

Grading Practices

Learning Is Not Optional

Conclusion

9: Collaboration and Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities

Activities for Professional Learning Communities

10: Opportunities and Challenges

Where Should I Begin?

How Do I Handle Resistance from Students?

What Do I Say to Parents?

How Should I Respond When Other Teachers Aren't Supportive?

How Can I Gauge Progress?

Conclusion

Appendix: Correlations to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Grades K-12

References

Related Subjects

  1. Curriculum Studies

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