What is Rigor?

According to Barbara R. Blackburn, author of Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word:
"Rigor is more than what you teach and what standards you cover; it's how you teach and how students show you they understand. True rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels." (Blackburn, 2008)

When we teach with rigor, we ask high level questions and encourage our students to ask and answer high level questions. We support them in their learning by differentiating our instruction and setting expectations that all students will achieve at a high level.. There are many resources on the Web to assist teachers in understanding what rigor is and how to ensure they are teaching with rigor. Click on the links below for more information on rigor: