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3rd Edition

Rigor Is NOT a Four-Letter Word

ISBN 9780203704240
Published February 21, 2018 by Routledge
180 Pages 83 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learn how to increase instructional rigor so that all students can reach higher levels of learning! In this new edition of a best seller, author Barbara R. Blackburn offers practical ideas for raising expectations, increasing complexity, integrating scaffolding into instruction, creating open-ended choices and projects, and much more. This timely new edition provides connections to rigorous standards, plus it features new sections on topics such as questioning models, student ownership, Genius Hour, summative assessments, becoming a teacher-leader, and increasing rigor in instructional technology.

Appropriate for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas, the book is filled with helpful strategies and tools that you can implement immediately. In addition, full-sized templates are available as eResources on our website (www.routledge.com/9781138569560) so you can download and print them for classroom use.

With its practical advice and helpful tools, Rigor Is NOT a Four-Letter Word will set you and your students on the fast track to higher learning and sustained success.

Table of Contents



Meet the Authors


Chapter 1: The Case for Rigor

Chapter 2: Digging into Rigor

Chapter 3: Raise the Level of Content

Chapter 4: Increase Complexity

Chapter 5: Give Appropriate Support and Guidance

Chapter 6: Open Your Focus

Chapter 7: Raise Expectations

Chapter 8: Use Technology to Increase Rigor

Chapter 9: Assessment and Grading

Chapter 10: Collaboration and Professional Learning Communities



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Barbara R. Blackburn has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. In addition to speaking at state and national conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools. She is the author of numerous bestselling books on rigor and motivation.


"Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word is a tremendous resource for any educator willing to do what is right for students. Although change is hard, the book dispels rigor myths and provides examples, guidance, and support for those who want to increase rigor for ALL students. You won’t teach the same way after reading this book!" - Dr. Jolie D. Hardin, Director of Leadership Development, Henry County Schools, GA

"Rigor has turned into another catch phrase used frequently by educational leaders; however, many people have differing views on what it actually means. Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word does an incredible job of defining what rigor is and is not AND provides specific examples for how to apply to the classroom setting. The book is extremely comprehensive and offers tons of useful information for educators of all experience levels." – Nikki Mouton, Associate Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA