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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What is Rigor?

The education field is all about buzzwords. One that is circulating now is RIGOR. What does rigor mean?
According to Merriam-Webster Free Online Dictionary:
         (1) :  harsh inflexibility in opinion, temper, or judgment 
         (2) :  the quality of being unyielding or inflexible 
         (3) :  severity of life 
Wow, "harsh inflexibility" and "severity of life," that doesn't really sound like anything I want in my classroom? But, the powers that be keep telling us to increase rigor in the classroom

So, what does rigor mean in education? I think rigor is about providing opportunities for every student to be challenged, to be pushed-maybe a little beyond what is comfortable or certainly easy.

Since I currently teach gifted and accelerated courses, this often (really almost always) going beyond age basic textbook.  I love open-ended questions, problem solving, student-centered learning. I also connect as much as I can. 

What do you do 

"Rigor." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 June 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigor>