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RIGOR is NOT a 4-letter Word!. HOW TO EXPECT IT, INCREASE IT, AND CREATE IT PRESENTED BY JAN STILWELL INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST, TITLE I READING NOVEMBER 2010. RIGOR: What is it?. ENTRANCE TICKET Talk with your group to define RIGOR. Does your definition look like this?.

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rigor is not a 4 letter word

RIGOR is NOT a 4-letter Word!

HOW TO EXPECT IT, INCREASE IT, AND CREATE IT

PRESENTED BY

JAN STILWELL

INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST, TITLE I READING

NOVEMBER 2010

rigor what is it
RIGOR: What is it?

ENTRANCE TICKET

Talk with your group to define RIGOR.

does your definition look like this
Does your definition look like this?

Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels.

-- Barbara R. Blackburn (2008)

ways to enhance rigor in the classroom
Ways to Enhance Rigor in the Classroom:
  • Raise the level of instruction in content
  • Increase the complexity of assignments
  • Provide appropriate support and guidance to students
  • Open your focus – shift from a narrow focus to an open-ended focus
  • Raise expectations for students
increasing the complexity
Increasing the Complexity

R Raise level of content

I Increase complexity

G Give appropriate support and guidance

O Open your focus

R Raise expectations

expecting students to learn at high levels
Expecting Students to Learn at High Levels
  • High Expectations
  • Challenging Curriculum
  • Instruction: High Level Questioning
  • Instruction: Differentiation and Multiple Intelligences
models for questioning
Models for Questioning
  • New Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Ciardello’s Four Types of Questions
  • Quality QUESTIONS
  • Question Matrix
how to raise the level of content
How to Raise the Level of Content
  • Value a depth of understanding
  • Increase text difficulty
  • Create connections
  • Review, not just repeat of same information
  • Evaluate expectations of content
ways to increase complexity
Ways to Increase Complexity
  • Complexity through projects
  • Complexity in writing - RAFT
  • Complexity in assessing prior knowledge – More than K-W-L!
  • Complexity with vocabulary – Frayer Model
  • Complexity in review games
writing structure raft
Writing Structure: RAFT
  • R - ROLE
  • A - AUDIENCE
  • F - FORMAT
  • T - TOPIC
support guidance
Support & Guidance
  • Scaffolding during reading instruction
  • Modeling expected instructional behaviors
  • Providing clear expectations
  • Chunking big tasks
  • Presenting multiple opportunities to learn
how to open your focus
How to Open Your Focus
  • Open-ended questioning
  • Open-ended vocabulary instruction
  • Open-ended projects
  • Open-ended choices for students
  • Open-ended from the beginning
how to raise expectations
How to Raise Expectations
  • Expect the best
  • Expand the vision
  • Learning is NOT optional
  • Track progress
  • Create a culture for learning
final insights
Final Insights

EXIT TICKET

  • One way I plan to apply this information in my school is …
  • The most important idea I heard today was …
  • I wonder …