Presenters: Leanna Ferreira, Jennifer Pennell
Core Area: Curricular Content Knowledge 3.1, 3.4; ODE Teacher Competency a, f, g; OAGC HOTS
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

It’s important to plan for students who get left behind academically, but do you have a plan for students who aren’t being challenged enough? In this course, educators will learn how to create rigorous lessons that challenge each student. Discover how to promote thinking that goes beyond recalling information and helps students make meaning for themselves. Students who engage in rigorous learning will become great thinkers, not just great test takers.  

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Are your lessons rigorous? The point of education is to help cultivate deep critical thinkers, not just to teach students how to ace a test. If we’re not careful, we can create lessons and activities that some students breeze through. We have to make sure that our instruction is rigorous for each student and that they are challenged every day. Many educators already have plans in place to help students who fall behind, but we also need to make sure to plan for students who speed ahead.

Educators Leanna Ferreira and Jenny Pennell say that the key to creating academically rigorous lessons lies in identifying and implementing characteristics of rigor. In the course “Planning for Rigor,” educators will discover how to promote thinking that goes beyond recalling information and helps students make meaning for themselves.

In this course you will learn:

  • To Identify the characteristics of rigor
  • To Determine levels of rigor
  • The stages of rigorous thinking
ODE Competencies: a, f, g 
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards: 3.1, 3.4

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Presenter Bio

Jenny Pennell is the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. She also serves as the Region 6 Gifted Coordinator Representative for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. In addition, Jenny serves as a Children’s Theater Foundation board member. She holds a Master’s Degree in Talent Development Education as well as a Gifted Endorsement from Ashland University.  

Leanna Ferreira, Gifted and Talented Coordinator at Mid-Ohio ESC, also serves as the Region 6 Board Member for the Ohio Association of Gifted Children and serves as the secretary for the Coordinator Division. She holds a Gifted Endorsement from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education and a master’s degree in library & information science from Kent State University. 

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68 reviews for Planning for Rigor

  1. Emily – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    Great explanation of rigor. Examples were not for the lower elementary level as I had hoped

  2. Cleopatra – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    This info is relevant, timely and useful. It is a bit complex but certainly something that I will implement in my GT student’s learning experiences.

  3. Lilly – MONROEVILLE LOCAL (verified owner)

    It has a lot of information.

  4. Stacy – CARDINAL LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course was helpful.

  5. ViCindy – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This has been the most helpful in putting the information together that helps me to be better at what I do.

  6. Katie – CARDINAL LOCAL (verified owner)

    I would have liked more examples.

  7. Selina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course

  8. Leticia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Provides an in-depth look at rigor.

  9. Ernestina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The use of rigor stages in every lesson.

  10. Gilda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


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