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 (Blackburn, 2008).

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Quick #Rigor Activity to Start a Lesson

A quick way to increase rigor, while introducing a concept or topic for the day, use a picture.  Rather than showing the entire picture to students, cut the picture into multiple pieces, and show them one at a time, requiring them to discern elements and infer the topic.  You can also use technology to either show pieces or uncover pieces of the picture.  I was in a primary classroom where the teacher used a simple folder to complete this activity. On the front of the folder, a face with a smile was cut
out.  The picture was inserted inside the folder, and students determined the picture with just the portion seen through the face.  It’s a simple way to complete this activity, and a quick and easy way to add rigor to your lesson.

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