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Rigor in Your Classroom

  • Title:Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers
  • Author:Barbara Blackburn
  • Publication Date:May 2014
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9780415732871
  • Publisher:Eye on Education

Teachers are required to increase the rigor for students, but how? This book by bestselling author and rigor expert Barbara Blackburn has the answer! It is a treasure chest of more than 200 practical and highly-effective tools that can be used across grade levels and subject areas to increase student rigor, leading your students to higher engagement and deeper learning.

Topics covered include:

  • Asking higher-level questions
  • Scaffolding to help all students achieve success
  • Differentiating instruction and using modifications
  • Fostering independence through gradual release of responsibility
  • Increasing text difficulty and teaching close reading
  • Setting high expectations
  • Changing students’ views of success
  • Encouraging effort and goal-setting
  • Creating an environment that is conducive to learning
  • Using effective grading policies and assessment tools
  • Working with parents, colleagues, and administrators
  • And much, much more!

Rigor in Your Classroom will be your go-to resource throughout the school year, as you continually return to it to try new tools with your students. Bonus: The tools are accompanied by graphic organizers, charts, templates, and reproducibles for easy implementation.

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Author Bio

Dr. Barbara Blackburn has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. Barbara has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She holds a master’s degree in school administration and is certified as a school principal in North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. from UNC--Greensboro.

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