Got Rigor?


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  • a condition that makes life difficult, challenging, or uncomfortable
  • exactness in precision or accuracy; exactitude
(Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

Rigor at ASPIRE: A Definition in Progress
“Rigor at Aspire means purposeful learning, instruction directed toward objectively high standards and discourse of ideas supported by EVIDENCE.”
(Don Shalvey's powerpoint presentation "On the Virtue of Having Wonderful Ideas About Rigor" at the Bay Area Professional Development 2/15/08)


Here are resources to help you use questioning strategies to increase the rigor in your classroom.

Ms. K co-presented "Maximizing Your Impact: Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies" with author/librarian Judi Moreillon at the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) 2008 Conference in Berkeley, CA. Judi Moreillon is the author of Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Maximizing Your Impact. Chapter 5 of her book, offers information on the QUESTIONING reading comprehension strategy.

Comprehension Strategies

This website contains a variety of reading comprehension resources. Scroll down to the QUESTIONING section. There you will find:
Example of Thinking Aloud for Questioning Lesson
Questioning Plans
Four Types of Questions
Questions Form (I Wonder/I Think)
Questioning Web
Thin and Thick Questions Lesson
Questioning the Text
Questioning Toolkit
Question Strategy Lessons
25 Mini-lessons on Questioning
Unit of Study on Questioning
Thick and Thin Projects
Asking Questions Thinkmark
Asking Questions Chart
Questioning Board
Asking Relevant Questions
QAR Sheets
QAR Lesson
QAR Prompts
QAR Article

Lesson Plan: Sharing Your Own Questions About Books


This website offers the patterns for each of the six kinds of reading questions (1-Comprehension, 2-Detail Questions, 3-Following Directions Questions, 4-Main Idea Questions, 5-Inference, and 6-Sequence). Each pattern includes a description, the typical phrases or language we read in text or on tests, and strategies to help identify the kind you are looking at.

Planting a Literacy Garden

A kindergarten teacher shares her best practices in reading comprehension strategies through using the theme of a garden. Strategies include: Visualizing, Questioning, Inferring, Determining Importance, Retelling, Synthesizing, Monitoring Comprehension, Think Aloud, and Using Schema.

Articles about RIGOR and QUESTIONING

Filling the Toolbox
This article by Jamie McKenzie, Ed.D. presents classroom strategies to engender student questioning.

Time to Buck the System
This article discusses the "New 3 R's"- Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship
Rigor= Challenging students with high expectations.
Relevance= Helping students to connect their studies to the real world.
Relationship= Fostering supportive relationships between students and adults.

For the Best Answers, Ask Tough Questions
This article by Joyce Valenza, Library Information Specialist of Springfield Township High School, provides a "Question Brainstormer" template that you may use with students to challenge them to think and analyze their way through information problems.
You will find an additional graphic organizer here: Questioning Brainstormer (pdf)

Video- Watch a teacher using the "Wait Time" strategy (you must have Real Media Player to view)

Wait Time Tip Sheet (pdf) *YOU MUST SEE THIS ONE*
This document, provided by the Montgomery County Public Schools website, explains the 8 categories of Periods of Silence and effective ways to handle them.

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