Deep Dive: Incorporating Rigor


Session Description

What exactly is rigor and how do we implement it in our classrooms? This session will take a look at practical strategies for implementing a more rigorous classroom to ensure students are prepared with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. From learning activities, to questioning, to grouping, we will dig deep into how to get your students to think beyond the basic and fact recall.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the sessions participants will know / be able to: 
    1. Define what rigor is, and what it is not
    2. Understand the difference between difficulty and complexity
    3. Distinguish between the levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge 
    4. Brainstorm and apply strategies to raise rigor in the classroom
    5. Reflect on current practices to incorporate more rigor
    6. Group students in new ways

              Day 1

              Today we will focus on discussion of what exactly rigor is, and what it isn't. We'll explore our MGSD M-Powerment resources related to M-2 (High Expectations) to see what the research says about rigor and what digital tools that might help us incorporate rigor into our classrooms. Finally, we'll do some hands-on activities about what we can expect to see in a rigorous classroom.

              Day 2

              Today we will investigate the differences between difficulty and complexity, and learn about Bloom's Taxonomy compared to Depth of Knowledge. We'll dig into strategies that can help you increase rigor in your classroom based on our needs and interests in stations.

              Day 3

              To wrap up our Deep Dive, we'll work on creating a product from our learning. Whether it's questioning cards, updating a lesson or project to be rigorous, or creating your own resource, we'll share our work to give peer feedback.

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