Making Rigor Real

Jun 21, 2015 | by Janice Smith

80/20 Rule

Erica Lapen, YES Prep Brays Oaks

You may recall the clip we highlighted several weeks ago from Erica Lapen’s classroom at YES Prep Brays Oaks in Houston.  In it you saw the many ways in which she provides constant feedback to her students, and them to each other, in the spirit of constant growth, and a push towards more rigorous, college-level discussion and writing.

‘Rigor’ can be such a buzz word, and hard for students to really understand and/or focus on.  This week we return to her classroom to see her remind students about the 80/20 rule, a way in which she provides them the tools needed to raise the level of rigor in their small group discussions.   Rigor can not function as a ‘I know it when I see it’ idea, and students need to be clear on exactly what we mean when we ask it of them.  In this clip we see one way Ms. Lapen makes this often intangible idea easier to articulate, identify and measure.

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