Increasing Rigor in the Secondary ELA Classroom


Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B, 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A, 5C; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6C
Grade Level: Secondary
Hours: 1

When it comes to adding rigor to gifted instruction, many educators simply increase the workload of their gifted students. Education specialist Lisa Van Gemert says that this is an ineffective approach, and instead of focusing on the quantity of work offered, educators should focus on the quality instead.

In this 1-hour course, you’ll learn the best ways to increase rigor in the classroom without adding lots of extra work. 

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For many educators, the idea of adding rigor to their gifted students’ instruction means simply increasing the amount of work they do. Education specialist Lisa Van Gemert calls this a travesty and says that this approach effectively punishes gifted students for their abilities.

Ms. Van Gemert suggests that the best way to add rigor to gifted education is to focus on the quality of work rather than the quantity. This way, gifted students will be challenged academically without having to do lots of extra work.

In this 1-hour course presented by Gifted Guru, you’ll learn the best ways to add rigor to your gifted instruction.

The course is full of strategies you can use in your classroom today like:

  • Rubrics for rigor
  • Chart examination
  • The writer’s toolbox
  • Magical musical tour
  • Storybird
  • And much more

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113 reviews for Increasing Rigor in the Secondary ELA Classroom

  1. Summer – Logan-Hocking Local Schools (verified owner)

    PD related to differentiation often feels vague, abstract, and difficult to implement effectively. This presenter referenced numerous resources and provided a variety of ideas that would be easy to implement. She was also well-spoken and relatable.

  2. G.Guzide – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    Actually I am teaching a foreign language to my students. I wanted to learn that If the course has a teaching strategy I can use it in my classroom. It was useful for me. Thank you.

  3. mary – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative, shared lots of helpful websites I hadn’t heard about and great engaging activities to do with my students.

  4. Angie – WAYNE TRACE LOCAL (verified owner)

    Lisa is always interesting and a wealth of fresh ideas.

  5. Pamela – MIDLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I like the suggested websites for further information to explore and use in the classroom.

  6. Jamie – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    The course provided a lot iof ideas and resources.

  7. Sara – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    For ELA teachers, this provides several great resources to use when teaching gifted and talented students.

  8. Gregory – DAYTON CITY (verified owner)


  9. Kim – Bowling Green City School District (verified owner)

    This course had some great ideas that can be implemented in the classroom easily.

  10. Sonia – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas.

  11. Amy – ASHLAND CITY (verified owner)

    This teacher’s courses are my favorite. Such useful information.

  12. Audrea – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    I liked this course

  13. Kelly – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    It was interesting

  14. Mark – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Some useful ideas and content for a high school ELA classroom

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