Rigor is not a four letter word is a tremendous resource for any educator willing to do what is right for students although change is hard the book dispels rigor myths and provides examples guidance and support for those who want to increase rigor for all students. Rigor is not a four letter word by barbara r blackburn includes both a facilitators handbook and activity templates. Another easy way to increase rigor when beginning a lesson ask students to discover errors for the topic you will be teaching today create a webpage or blog entry that mimics an online encyclopedia entry include at least four content errors ask students to compare the webpage to a credible site such as the national geographic channel. Reader friendly and practical rigor is not a four letter word is filled with tools you can use every day to raise the level of rigor in your classroom these strategies can be incorporated immediately across content areas grades and subjects barbara blackburn clearly defines what rigor is and . 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 page 16 in other words we are going to focus on things you can do every day to help your students
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