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Rigor in our classrooms

What is Rigor?

Academic Rigor can be defined as learning in which students demonstrate a thorough, in depth mastery of challenging tasks to develop cognitive skills through reflective thought, analysis, problem solving, evaluation, or creativity.

Creating an Environment of Rigor

1st: Expect student to learn at high levels

In order to ensure that we expect student to learn at high levels, we need to look at what we teach and how we teach.

2nd: Support each student to learn at high levels

it is not enough to simply increase expectations without helping students reach those higher levels.

3rd: Students demonstrate learning at high levels

It is not enough to simply design rigorous lessons and provide support; students need to show that they now understand at a higher level. We need to design the type of assessment that will allow them to do so.

Ways to Increase Rigor

R - Raise the level of content

I - Increase Complexity

G- Give Appropriate support and guidance

O- Open your focus

R - Raise Explectations

Students can do no better than the assignments they are given...

It's not about the VERB

DOK is NOT determined by the verb, but the context in which the verb is used and the depth of thinking required.


Here's an example of the same verb being used at three different levels of Depth of Knowledge.

DOK 1: Describe two characteristics of a simile and two characteristics of a metaphor. (simple recall)

DOK 2: Describe the difference between a simile and a metaphor. (requires cognitive processing to determine the difference between the two figurative devices)

DOK 3: Describe the difference between how the poet uses the simile and the metaphor to portray the child in the poem. (requires deep understanding of the figurative devices and an analysis of how the poet uses them)


As you can see, it's about what happens AFTER the verb!