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How To Add Rigor To Anything

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"Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience.

It is also among the most troublesome due to its relativity. Rigorous for whom? And more importantly, how can you “cause” it?

Barbara Blackburn, author of “Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word,” shared 5 “myths” concerning rigor, and they are indicative of the common misconceptions: that difficult, dry, academic, sink-or-swim learning is inherently rigorous.

Myth #1: Lots of Homework is a Sign of Rigor
Myth #2: Rigor Means Doing More
Myth #3: Rigor is Not For Everyone
Myth #4: Providing Support Means Lessening Rigor
Myth #5: Resources Do Not Equal Rigor"


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How can we add rigor to lesson plans? For 10 strategies check out this post. Five of the strategies are listed below (with more information about them in the post):
* Necessitate a transfer of knowledge

* Require students to synthesizing multiple sources

* Design tasks with multiple steps that build cognitively

* Use divergent perspectives

* Use divergent media forms

The post also provides a great Rigor Rubric that looks at the four levels (as in Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 as found in the new assessment for Race to the Top) as well as two areas, Curriculum and Instruction. Curriculum is divided into Content, Connections, Perspective and Texts/Materials. Instruction is divided into Delivery by Teacher, Depth and Reflection.

Consider sharing this rubric in your school and engaging teachers in a discussion of how we can best provide rigor to our students.

Hanya Lamp's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:31 PM

Rigor is not "more of it;" it's scaffolding towards greater complexity.

David Baker's curator insight, September 29, 2013 6:48 PM

10 steps and Myths for Rigor will be a really good conversation at PIE.

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Converting Presentations into Videos in PowerPoint 2013

Converting Presentations into Videos in PowerPoint 2013 | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Converting PowerPoint presentations into video format is a great way to give your speech extra engaging power. Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 25, 7:40 AM

A great step-by-step tutorial on converting your presentations to videos (PowerPoint2013)

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Sokobond: Teaching Chemistry Through Games - Gamification Co

Sokobond: Teaching Chemistry Through Games - Gamification Co | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Discover how Sokobond , a minimalist puzzle game for Chemistry teaches basic molecular structure and critical thinking.

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How Peer Teaching Improves Student Learning and 10 Ways To Encourage It - InformED

How Peer Teaching Improves Student Learning and 10 Ways To Encourage It - InformED | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Peer teaching is not a new concept. It can be traced back to Aristotle’s use of archons, or student leaders, and to the letters of Seneca the Younger. It was first organized as a theory by Scotsman Andrew Bell in 1795, and later implemented into French and English schools in the 19th century. Over the... Read More
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11 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice-Cream Maker

11 Ways to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice-Cream Maker | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Discover how to make your own ice cream without any fancy equipment. Here, 11 easy no-churn recipes that don't require an ice cream maker.
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Are Teachers Being Taught Bad Science?

Are Teachers Being Taught Bad Science? | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Too often education schools fail to provide future teachers with a robust knowledge of the science of how students learn, and in some cases even teach them inaccurate information, scholars said at a recent conference.
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The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
By incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related stories, and making lessons multisensory, we can make learning easier for our students.
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Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

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Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.
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A Few Strategies to Help Slow-Working Students

A Few Strategies to Help Slow-Working Students | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
We want students to work at their own pace, but when one student is significantly slower than his peers, it can cause problems for him and for his teachers.
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Great idea!!! Take this good list of strategies and shift the responsibility to them to choose and self-monitor with check-ins with you! Put them in charge of their own learning
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three TED-Ed Lessons About Stress

Free Technology for Teachers: Three TED-Ed Lessons About Stress | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it

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Stress & Anxiety are so prevalent in our schools
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20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Understanding what a child's brain needs is central to instruction.
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[Infographic] 27 ways to enhance retention in your students

[Infographic] 27 ways to enhance retention in your students | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
How you can help students retain what they learn? What sort of teaching strategies, curriculum mapping techniques, or other changes can you use to help them remember and apply information?

Most broadly, this is a matter of understanding and transfer. The more complete a student’s understanding, the less likely they are to ‘forget.’ One way to think about understanding is to think of it like a tent–or rather the stakes used to anchor a tent into the ground on a windy day. If the understand is “deep,” the stakes are less likely to come out of the ground when they wind blows, whereas topical ‘understanding’ can become unanchored more easily. It’s not driven as deeply.

Transfer matters as well–more so than the more general idea of ‘practice.’ Can a student use knowledge in a new and unfamiliar context, and more importantly, will they do so unprompted?

In an attempt to create a more specific taxonomy to help you measure understanding, we developed our TeachThought Taxonomy for Understanding, 36 ways to help students wrestle with, rethink, and explore “how they get it.’ That taxonomy, however, is complex (we need to release a 2.0 version, and we plan to).

For something a bit more grab-and-go, there is the following infographic from Mia MacMeekin. It offers 27 ways to enhance student retention of understanding. Its strength lies in the diversity of the ideas, from painting and singing, to focusing on the big idea, to using games and even visual cues like different fonts and typography.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
If we know what works to motivate students, why are so many students still unmotivated? These five questions will help you determine if your practice is really
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How many time do I hear teachers go through all the same "reasons" for our unmotivated leaners. This is a well-written article to provoke another bout of much-needed self examination about remembering to make those student/life/learning connections.

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The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer

The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
self-assessment ranks third on his list
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No! These are 7 of the questions every teacher should ask themselves...frequently.
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Student Self-Assessment Practices That Work

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Self-assessment is a valuable tool as it gives students the ability to really consider their learning and equally as importanly, share that understanding with the teacher. Once we understand what students know and can do, both demonstrated in the work and their ideas about the work, we can adjust instruction and/or class pacing as needed. The more adept students become with this tool, the better tailored class time and assessments can be.
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4 Ways Self-Belief Can Transform Learning - InformED

4 Ways Self-Belief Can Transform Learning - InformED | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Today’s best and brightest students can only be described as such because they believe in their own abilities; if they didn’t, they’d have fallen behind their peers long ago. In the same breath, struggling students rarely have as much confidence as their higher-achieving peers, which results in a vicious cycle of self-limitation. As educators, we... Read More
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How To Teach Your Classroom Management Plan | Smart Classroom Management

How To Teach Your Classroom Management Plan | Smart Classroom Management | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
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No one ever shows you step by step what they mean by teach your rules... except here
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Identify the Essential in Classroom Management

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values cloud worksheet
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What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

What does research really say about iPads in the classroom? | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads in the classroom most effective?
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This paper confirms many thoughts I have had on technology integration (takes a lot of strategic thought, professional development and a reliable and limited stable of applications ready for different applications for teachers) and teachers must be ready to teach students how to use technology correctly beyond their phones or to use their phone technology well to serve educational needs. Young does NOT (necessarily) = tech savvy!
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How to Teach Your Children Mind-Mapping

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teaching your children mind mapping is not the same as teaching an adult. Learn how you can create a fun and educational experience learning mind mapping.

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Follow this guide to coaching kids or people who "think in pictures" how to create picture-based notes and outlines. Kid brains remember better by starting with the picture for a story. . ***Read the text while they create pictures to tell it. 
***They re-tell using their pictures. 
***Analyze the accuracy to improve the image words of the story (if possible) or the power of the images. 
Next time *** Divide the paper into number of topics 
*** Picture for each topic 
*** Re-tell & connect the pictures to create a branch from topic to topic 
*** Add smaller sub branches with new pictures if needed 
*** Re-tell 
Advanced*** Recreate the pictures from memory
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5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Writing in Your Classroom

5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Writing in Your Classroom | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Teaching Resources from Teach 4 the Heart
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How Harnessing the Positive Side of Stress Can Change Student Mindsets

How Harnessing the Positive Side of Stress Can Change Student Mindsets | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
Some types of stress can be used in a more positive way in order to improve learning, develop purpose and form stronger emotional connections with others.
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5 Epiphanies for Reaching the Unreachable Learner

5 Epiphanies for Reaching the Unreachable Learner | Special Science Classroom | Scoop.it
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Wow. What I would aspire to do, you did.

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