Element 8 - Challenge

Why is this important?

"Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, and each is supported so he or she can learn at high level, and each student demonstrates learning at high level." (Blackburn, 2008)

Call it rigor, call it stretch and challenge, call it higher level thinking and problem solving. The difference now is that we want this to be the norm. Independent learners develop when students know what standard or outcome they are trying to actualize or problem that they are trying to solve and are highly engaged in learning so that they can succeed. Teachers know that balancing the right level of challenge with the appropriate level and types of support is tricky. However, there are strategies you can use to help develop learners into eager and stronger thinkers, such as teaching thinking routines. When you create opportunities for thinking and make thinking visible using thinking routines, all students are scaffolded and all students enjoy deeper learning. And that is what we are after!



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