This article derives several distinguishing qualities of rigor from an examination of rigor in both academic and nonschool learning and work among students in Big Picture schools. The Big Picture is a school reform design committed to providing quality education for underserved urban students. Truly rigorous learning in schools would revitalize the prevailing paradigm of teaching and learning, a paradigm largely devoid of student engagement that often leaves the practical, creative, and analytic intelligences languishing.
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This checklist and step-by-step instruction helps teachers and school administrators plan rigorous and relevant classroom instruction.
This report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York comes out of a meeting of a panel of five nationally known and respected educational researchers, with representatives of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alliance for Excellent Education, in spring 2004.
This checklist on "Accountable Talk" observes teachers and students' interactions through talking and listening.