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Rigor and Engagement for Growing Minds
 
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Dr. Bertie Kingore

Bertie Kingore

GRADES: K - 12
228 pages
CD-ROM included

ISBN: 978-0-9787042-8-5
Winner! Learning Magazine: 2014 Teachers' Choice Award






The evidence- and research-based content is developed with hundreds of applications and supported with
more than 250 citations and helpful websites.

Current research moves the focus of education from mastering content toward a major concern for rigor, relevance, depth, clarity, and understanding how instruction influences all students' continuous learning and future life in college or the work place. Explore hundreds of ready-to-use ideas and learning experiences to realistically help you transform your classroom into a rigorous learning environment.

  • Implement the CCSS while lifting standards for high-ability students.
  • Use assessments that provide actionable data aligned to required instruction.
  • Transform lessons and products with rigor, relevance, and higher-order thinking skills.
  • Engage students so they are motivated to exert the effort required to reach higher achievements.
"Rigor and Engagement for Growing Minds will become your most user-friendly tool in achieving these goals.
I know you will enjoy the experience, and your students will be re-invigorated to work at their top levels of challenge.
Everyone wins!"
--Susan Winebrenner

The content emphasizes realistic, practical applications that effectively promote rigor and engagement in learning environments. The word rigor is used as an acrostic to organize the contents of this book and to clarify the five instructional priorities required in a rigorous learning environment. The current focus of education and standards involves understanding how instruction influences students' future, including their academic lives and careers. Hence, the main objective of this book is to explore the instructional practices that enable students to progress toward autonomy, future competency, and success. In a rigorous learning environment, educators:

  • Recognize realistic and relevant high-level expectations;
  • Integrate complexity and depth in content, process, and product;
  • Generate cognitive skills;
  • Orchestrate support systems and scaffold success; and
  • Refine assessments to guide instruction and benefit learners.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Bertie Kingore is an international consultant who has worked with students, their teachers, and their parents for over 30 years. Recognized for her humorous and practical presentations, her energetic sessions leave teachers revitalized and eager to implement her shared ideas and learning experiences in their own classrooms. She has received many honors including the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of North Texas where she earned her Ph.D. She is a past President of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and was also recognized as the first Texas Gifted Educator of the Year.