Tip #16 - Rigor (Mortis)?

November 20, 2014 - BEST District

Rigor Mortis?

Wikipedia says Rigor Mortis is the stiffening of muscles and/or joints*. I know that is how I feel sometimes when faced with something new and not sure of where to begin. Increasing classroom rigor seems stressful and daunting. Remember though rigor is not a one size fits all.


Rigor for one teacher may not apply or look completely different for another teacher. Instead, let's think of rigor as new ways to challenge students. Hopefully today's tip will give you a few resources to help you find a starting point for challenging students in discussions, activities, and on assessments.


*"Rigor Mortis." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 July 2014. Web. 19 Nov. 2014.

Questioning Rigor

Click this button to go to a simple PDF that will show you some ways you can question students and challenge them in different ways. Easy activities to engage students are also included.

3 Activities You Can Use NOW!

Go to this blog and check out the three activities that will help to increase the critical thinking of your students.

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3 Tech Strategies

Check out this blog to see how you can use the devices in your classroom or school lab to challenge students in new ways.
Increasing Math Rigor

This blog shows how math teachers could use open-ended problems to increase the rigor of their math curriculum.