Raising Rigor In Your Classroom, Grades K-12

We know about the three Rs of reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic but now we have a fourth R: rigor.

We hear this buzzword everywhere in education but what does it really mean for teachers and their students? Not only do we have trouble identifying what this word actually means but educators also have trouble knowing how to put rigor into the classroom without overwhelming their students.

In this course, you will review what the word “rigor” really means and how it looks in the classroom. You will learn how to plan lessons with deeper levels of rigor and will reflect on how to stretch student’s thinking and metacognitive processes through questioning and by designing high cognitive engagement activities. This comprehensive course will help educators design rigorous lessons to use within the classroom, learn to ask comprehensive questions at higher levels of rigor and engage students in activities with high levels of mental cognition and reflection.

Teachers will examine issues to increase active student engagement in learning, enhance motivation and learn how to provide scaffolded support so that all students can engage in deeper levels of cognition.

Teachers will also learn how to provide feedback and formative assessment that really help learners self-reflect and grow in their understanding of the content curriculum.

This course is divided into the following modules:

  1. What Does Rigor Really Mean?
  2. Planning Lessons with Deeper Levels of Rigor
  3. Teaching and Learning for a 21st Century World
  4. Increasing Student Engagement and Motivation
  5. Supporting All Students Through Scaffolding
  6. Rigor Through Feedback and Assessment





Designing Coherent Instruction


Establishing a Culture for Learning


Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques


Using Assessment in Instruction