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Academic Rigor in the Classroom

Academic Rigor in the Classroom . Dennis Duncan University of Georgia. Objectives. Assess our current understanding of rigor in the classroom Develop a set of best mgt practices for promoting academic excellence through rigor in the classroom

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Academic Rigor in the Classroom

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  1. Academic Rigor in the Classroom Dennis Duncan University of Georgia

  2. Objectives • Assess our current understanding of rigor in the classroom • Develop a set of best mgt practices for promoting academic excellence through rigor in the classroom • Develop strategies for establishing institutional goals for academic excellence and for documenting progress toward these goals

  3. Assess our current understanding of rigor in the classroom

  4. Rigor - students Assists students in fulfilling predetermined outcomes and competencies by challenging them with high expectations. Essential components for rigor in the classroom: • Content acquisition • Critical thinking • Relevance • Integration • Ability to apply concepts • Long term retention • Responsibility

  5. Rigor - faculty • Demanding • Relevant • Engaging • Addressing different learning styles • Self-challenge • Adaptability

  6. Develop a set of best mgt practices for promoting academic excellence through rigor in the classroom

  7. Best Mgt Practices - students • Writing (journals, varied levels of writing, writing across the curriculum, etc.) • Problem-solving (case studies, group activities, essay exams, etc.) • Oral communication (debates w/expert judges, summary presentations, role playing) • Reading/comprehension (reading and analyzing – ie. in-class discussion, quizzes, summaries, etc) • Collaborative group projects

  8. Best Mgt Practices - students • Directed study (with faculty) • Socratic method/interactive discussion • Knowing your students (contact, interaction, praise, showing interest, meeting w/students) • Balanced diversity of methods

  9. BMP - Assessment • Low stakes evaluation • Relevant evaluation • Evaluation of assigned material • Feedback – rapid

  10. Develop strategies for establishing institutional goals for academic excellence and for documenting progress toward these goals

  11. Review • Assessed our current understanding of rigor in the classroom • Developed a set of best mgt practices for promoting academic excellence through rigor in the classroom • Developed strategies for establishing institutional goals for academic excellence and for documenting progress toward these goals

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