Planning for Rigor


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.

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91 reviews for Planning for Rigor

  1. Adriana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  2. Elsa – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    This course was good.

  3. Patricia – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    I learned new information in this course.

  4. Monica – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  5. Tonia – Centerburg Local (verified owner)

    Excellent examples to help increase rigor for all students.

  6. Audrea – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    If you want to know about Rigor, this is the course for you!

  7. Rosa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  8. James – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    interviewers ask questions to learn more about you and to find out things other than what may be on your application or resume. Interviewers may ask about your course selection to learn more about your personality, interests and goals. This question may help them gauge your interest in or passion for a particular subject or field.

  9. Karen – Centerburg Local (verified owner)

    It did a pretty good job of introducing the concepts. The application scenarios were the most useful parts.

  10. Becky – Centerburg Local (verified owner)

    The handouts explaining the different levels of rigor were tricky for me to use, simply due to the closely connected descriptions of each level of rigor.

  11. Krista – FAYETTEVILLE-PERRY LOCAL (verified owner)

    It was good to learn more than just Bloom’s or Webb’s DOK in terms of rigor and stretch.

  12. Lauren – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Online courses are great.

  13. Jenifer – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Very concise and helpful

  14. Sylvia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It’s cool.

  15. Orlando – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    interesting information

  16. Adriana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Good information.

  17. Barbara – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Interactive, kept my attention. Loved the scenarios to help us understand the information given.

  18. Debbie – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)


  19. Susan – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    Just OK.

  20. Gabrielle – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course gave some valuable information on how to plan for the rigor within the classroom for all students.

  21. Tabitha – BOERNE ISD (verified owner)

    I like the examples provided and reflection to be able to assess the appropriate way to enhance rigor in my classroom.

  22. Nohemi – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Maybe a glossary or anchor chart. I felt I was missing some prior knowledge and it would have helped.

  23. Rebecca – EASTERN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Strong review

  24. Jennifer – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    New perspective of rigor.

  25. Susie – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Interesting but long

  26. Michael – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Too much information was presented.

  27. Lisa – EASTERN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Practical examples of what rigor is.

  28. Aneta – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    This was a good review of what theology teaching is. Not the real everyday teaching, the textbook piece

  29. Julie – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    I felt the information was presented in a way that was easy to understand.

  30. Katherine – WESTERN BROWN LOCAL (verified owner)

    This was very informative and it was nice to see different ways to look at rigor than just the standard blooms and DOK

  31. KATHY – CHARDON LOCAL (verified owner)

    There is some good content in the course but the presentation with the different scenarios lost my attention after awhile. It would have been nice to have more variety.

  32. Matthew – ELYRIA CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    I found it somewhat confusing, and would have preferred to simply read the books mentioned within.

  33. vidalina – ALVARADO ISD (verified owner)

    Great course

  34. Tiara – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    I appreciate the information about the other educators who have done this work I am so interested in. They provided resources I can look into and implement immediately.

  35. Anna – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    The course provided insight about ways to create rigor.

  36. Heather – FAYETTEVILLE-PERRY LOCAL (verified owner)

    More information added to the resource worksheet would be beneficial for use during this course.

  37. Abigail – FAYETTEVILLE-PERRY LOCAL (verified owner)


  38. Paula – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    It was useful and fantastic.

  39. Elizabeth – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful!

  40. Kelley – HUGHES SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    enjoyed it

  41. Leticia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Rigor is explained

  42. Jeffrey – EANES ISD (verified owner)

    Lots of opportunities to type in your thoughts throughout the entire course.

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