Rigor vs. Difficulty

DSMS Tune In Tuesday for October 29, 2013

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What exactly is rigor and how is a rigorous question different from a hard question?

Rigor mortis is the stiffening of muscles. In this case, rigorous means inflexibility.

Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, and each is supported so he or she can learn at high level, and each student demonstrates learning at high level. (Blackburn, 2008).

Rigorous vs Difficult Sort

Sort the questions provided to determine if the question is rigorous or difficult.


Rigor Myth Busters

Is each statement about rigor a truth or a myth?
  • Providing students with extra work increases rigor.
  • Rigor is not for everyone.
  • Providing students with support decreases the rigor.


R I G O R 5 Strategies for Increasing Rigor in Your Classroom
R - Raise the level of content
I - Increase the complexity of what you do
G - Give appropriate support and guidance
O - Open your concept
R - Raise expectations


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