Rigor Is NOT A Four-Letter Word
Reader-friendly and practical, Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word is filled with tools you can use every day to raise the level of rigor in your classroom. These strategies can be incorporated immediately across content areas, grades, and subjects. Barbara Blackburn clearly defines what rigor is and how individual teachers can provide challenging learning experiences in their...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by Eye on Education
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First, let it be said that I hate the word "rigor" as used in today's educational jargon. Two major reasons I can identify: first, I'm not a big fan of buzzwords in general; second, it's frequently used but infrequently defined, and I abhor imprecise language. With that said, this book is pretty good as ed books go. It's easy to read, it offers a reasonable and workable definition of the word in question, and it provides lots of useful ideas of how to implement rigor into the classroom. Personal...more
One of the great catch words in education these days is rigor- Teachers are constantly being asked to increase the rigor in their rooms. The irony of this demand is, that I'm not completely sure those asking for this increase know what it is they want, and I'm fairly confident teachers do not know how to provide it. This book offers a laundry list of ways to up the rigor in classrooms and as a result, improve performance. Much of it focused on older students, but the principles apply to all. Tra...more
As the title suggests, the author presents rigor as a good thing in education. She shows teachers how to ask quality questions that engage kids in higher-level thinking, and increase the complexity of content through projects and other meaningful assignments. Her approach to rigor is based on believing in students, encouraging them, and supporting them through scaffolding their learning. I found Blackburn's understanding of rigor to be very helpful and relevant. Her book is really empowering and...more
I skimmed this book today and found a few good ideas to use in the classroom. I have read a lot of PD books lately and this didn't offer me anything that is new or earth shattering that I can use in the classroom. Many of her ideas are ones I am already familiar with and use often. I do recommend this book to teachers new to the profession or those who haven't read a lot about Common Core or creating rigorous classrooms.
This is pretty standard fare for teacher books, but it was a good reminder. She lists a lot of great practical ideas for the classroom. She defined the term "rigor" in the first chapter essentially as a learning environment where students are challenged to higher performance levels, and provides several good arguments for this and some good advice about implementing it. Nothing new, but it was worth reading.