In Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers, Barbara Blackburn has really done her homework, says reviewer Laura Von Staden. It is well referenced, thoroughly investigated and succinct and features tools and resources from teachers across the country.
The Common Core Writing Book: Lessons for a Range of Tasks, Purposes, and Audiences by Gretchen Owocki provides quick, practical strategies closely aligned with each of the standards, says reviewer Linda Biondi. A sure winner in grades 4 & 5!
Students with learning disabilities can meet high expectations and thrive in Common Core classrooms with the right teacher supports, say “rigor” experts Barbara Blackburn and Bradley Witzel. They recommend several proven scaffolding strategies.
Moving beyond the five myths of rigor to incorporate true instructional rigor in the classroom is critical in light of the Common Core, says expert Barbara Blackburn, who advocates scaffolding and differentiation to help all students achieve more.
Thomas Hoerr’s brief book offers enough resources to start a conversation about student “grit” but not to add a focus on resilience into daily teaching, says reviewer Katie Gordon.
The authors effectively describe how to achieve rigor for students with disabilities by asking thinking questions, scaffolding with visuals, & modeling everything, says Laura Von Staden.
Award winning teacher Nancy Flanagan reflects on how difficult it is to predict student potential and shares a story about some Title I kids who flew above the tracks.
Middle school teacher Marsha Ratzel wants parents to know exactly what their children can expect in her classroom: challenge, support and concern.