Category Archives for "Rigor"

Nov 01

Rigorous Feedback

Rigor

Recently, I conducted a workshop for instructional coaches who wanted to learn more about how to promote and support rigorous instruction in their schools. I had about 150 K-12 instructional coaches at the training, and we started the day by looking at some classroom video footage. I asked the coaches to watch each five-minute slice […]

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Oct 25

Lesson Planning Shouldn’t Be Hard

Rigor

Don’t you just hate it when you go to a workshop and learn a new technique, return home all excited to try it, only to find out that it won’t work with your curriculum, or your teaching style, or your district process?Me too.That’s why I work so hard to make sure that every resource we […]

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Oct 18

Rigor Triggers Part II

Rigor

In my previous post, I shared my secret to planning interesting, engaging, meaningful learning experiences for my students that I can’t wait to teach.Oh yeah, They also helped cut my lesson planning time in half.I call them Rigor Triggers and in this article, I’m going to share with you what Rigor Triggers are and how […]

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Oct 11

Rigor Triggers

Rigor

Can I admit something to you?Years ago, in my early years of teaching, my district shifted to a more standards-based approach to lesson design.Whereas before, I would simply use those old blue planning books (remember those?) to map out my lessons, now I was required to use a lesson planning template and actually submit my […]

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Feb 18

Are You Ever Bored By Your Own Lessons?

Rigor

It’s happened to the best of us. We teach a lesson because we’re in coverage mode or because we feel we have to, or because the curriculum guide demands it. But we don’t find the lesson particularly interesting and we have a hard time finding ways to make it engaging to our students. We just […]

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Aug 27

Lesson Planning Shouldn’t be Hard

Rigor , Teaching

Don’t you just hate it when you go to a workshop and learn a new technique, return home all excited to try it, only to find out that it won’t work with your curriculum, or your teaching style, or your district process? Me too. That’s why I work so hard to make sure that every […]

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Feb 11

Finding the Fun in the Common Core

Common Core , Rigor , Teaching

 Although we originally stayed out of the Common Core conversation for fear that we would look like we were profiteering from this major initiative, many of the schools that we were currently working with asked us for help in making the shift to the Common Core. So we dived into understanding the standards and the […]

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Oct 10

Case Study: Rigor and the Common Core

Case Studies , Rigor

This summer, John (Our Vice President) called one of our clients to schedule some workshops for the year. We’d worked with this particular school district for several years and were familiar with some of their needs, but as is always a part of our process, we asked them to share with us what their current […]

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Oct 10

Common Sense for the Common Core

Rigor , Teaching

There is a lot of fear mongering surrounding the Common Core Standards. As a result, many teachers and administrators are terrified that they will not be prepared to implement these standards by their 2014 deadline. What’s more, most Common Core training tends to make teaching the common core much more complicated than it has to […]

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Jun 25

Vocabulary Strategies

Classroom Strategies , Rigor , Teacher Tips

By: Shauna Brown Leung One of the challenges common to all teachers focused on increasing rigor in the classroom is getting students to master the vocabulary of the content. Teachers throughout the country tackle this feat by giving students lists of “key terms” to define for each unit. Some require flash cards, others ask students […]

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