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A vast collection of items related to Cognitive Rigor, a superposition of Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge.
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The Non-Negotiables of Academic Rigor

Information pertaining to academically or intellectually gifted children.
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A short discussion on rigor, including bulleted items listing the characteristics of rigor. Contains the Rigor Rubric originally produced by the State of North Carolina.

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Cognitive Rigor to the Core!: Bad DOK Chart Sabotages Understanding of Depth of Knowledge

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Blog article discusses a bad chart used to teach Depth of Knowledge.. Discusses Norman Webb's view on the chart.

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Articles - Barbara Blackburn Online

Articles - Barbara Blackburn Online | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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A large collection of articles on rigor by noted author Barbara Blackburn. Lots of good reading.

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Gazette » Academic Rigor – Transcript of Live Chat with Barbara Blackburn

Gazette » Academic Rigor – Transcript of Live Chat with Barbara Blackburn | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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Barbara Blackburn's posting of a live chat on the meaning of rigor.

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Depth of Knowledge in the English Language Arts Classroom.pdf

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Four employees of The Standards Company LLC authored this paper in 2009. and it represents one of the early papers on the classroom use of Depth of Knowledge.  The authors demonstrates how DOK can be used to strengthen the rigor of English Language Arts lessons. Note that the Common Core State Standards were not around at this time, so the article references older Nevada state standards. The discussion on rigor, however, remains valid.

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Ronald Williamson and Barbara R. Blackburn - Leadership for Rigor (PDF)

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A short white paper by Ronald Wiliamson and Barbara Blackburn that discusses school leadership strategies for improving academic rigor.

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5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor

5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
5 Questions To Evaluate Curriculum For Rigor
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Author Barbara Blackburn offers five questions that analysts need to ask when examining curriculum.

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Creativity can't be taught - The Oracle

Creativity can't be taught - The Oracle | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
Creativity can't be taught
The Oracle
The article states that on Bloom's revised taxonomy, creation is the highest level of comprehension, a skill employers look for.
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Offers some food for thought for universities teaching, or planning to teach, creative thinking.  I think creative thinking can be taught, but not through direct instruction. 

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What is Instructional Rigor?

What is Instructional Rigor? | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
What is true instructional rigor? What are classroom-based strategies that are rigorous?
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A short blog article by Barbara Blackburn on instructional rigor.

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Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word: Five Keys to Classroom Rigor

Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word: Five Keys to Classroom Rigor | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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A short blog article that offers food for thought on how to identify rigor in the classroom.

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A Generalizability Investigation of Cognitive Demand and Rigor (PDF)

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This paper reports the results of a generalizability theory study of cognitive demand and rigor ratings of assessment items and
college-readiness standards in the context of an alignment study of college admissions tests to a set of college readiness standards. Cites Webb's work, but not Bloom's.

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Cognitive Rigor to the Core!: New Research Links Rigor and Engagement

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Blog article discusses new research article that links student engagement to cognitive rigor.

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Why I prefer the SOLO Taxonomy to Bloom's | The DigiTeacher

Why I prefer the SOLO Taxonomy to Bloom's | The DigiTeacher | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
Bloom's Taxonomy is without a doubt the most often used taxonomy for educational outcomes, but in many ways the SOLO taxonomy of Biggs & Collis (1982) represents a more useful tool for assessing the levels attained in ...
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Dorian Love offers his opinion on why he favors the SOLO Taxonomy over Bloom's Taxonomy. (The SOLO Taxonomy focuses on the quality of the student's response to the question.)

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Gazette » Rigor v. Vigor

Gazette » Rigor v. Vigor | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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To some, the word "rigor' carries with it some negative connotations. Some suggest using the term "vigor." Todd Nelson discusses the two terms and which is more appropriate for describing the instructional practices needed to develop 21st-century skills.

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Gazette » Rigor and the Common Core: Just the Beginning

Gazette » Rigor and the Common Core: Just the Beginning | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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Thorough discussion by noted author Barbara Blackburn on how the Common Core State Standards emphasize an increased effort on part of teachers to raise the rigor of their instruction.

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H.O.T. / D.O.K.: Teaching Higher Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge: Difficulty vs. Complexity: What's the Difference?

H.O.T. / D.O.K.: Teaching Higher Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge: Difficulty vs. Complexity: What's the Difference? | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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Another excellent blog article by Erik Francis of Maverik Education. This one discusses the difference between difficulty and complexity (rigor).

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7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom

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7 Myths About Rigor In The Classroom
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Noted author Barbara Blackburn offers seven myths teaches (among others) often hold about rigor.

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Education Update - Teaching Financial Literacy: Support Struggling Students with Academic Rigor

Education Update - Teaching Financial Literacy: Support Struggling Students with Academic Rigor | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Article by Rick Allen provides a guide on how to introduce rigorous activities for struggling students.

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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment -

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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment by Barbara Blackburn, author of Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word As we’ve discussed 7 myths about rigor, and the characteristics of rigor in curriculum, the final component is rigorous assessment. There...
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Noted author Barbara Blackburn discusses some  of the myths revolving around use of the word "rigor."  States three conditions required for rigorous assessments:  Appropriate, Purposeful, and Promotes Understanding. Provides a few examples of what rigor looks like in the classroom.

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Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word: Is there a painless way to increase rigor?

Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word: Is there a painless way to increase rigor? | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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Blog article by noted author Barbara Blackburn offers two simple ways to increase rigor in the classroom.

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Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word: Rigor vs. Vigor

Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word: Rigor vs. Vigor | Cognitive Rigor | Scoop.it
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A blog article about the use of the word "rigor" in education from a well-known author in the field.

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Higher Order Thinking Skills (PDF)

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Online article on higher-order thinking skills includes a review of some of the important players in the development of rigor, including Bloom, Gagne (but curiously not Webb).  Includes an appendix containing sample assignments.

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