“Do something different rather than more rigor of the same.”
Rigor is the term used by many educational administrators to define what classroom learning should be about. Many don’t quite understand what rigor really means.
Rigor should not be defined as the quantity of the work, i.e., the number of times the material is covered or the amount of homework given.
Rigor IS an element of the learning environment that promotes an active, engaged learning process for students. Rigor creates excitement and enthusiasm for learning.
The LiiNK Project creates the learning platform for rigor and achievement in the classroom:
- Increase the amount of physical activity/recess in the schools
- Add character development as a content area
- Assess students differently (assess with developmental tracking instead of grades twice a semester); less standardized testing – more local control
- Restructure the school day (less hours in classroom for K-6 students; extra time in play/creativity)
LiiNK Project Proposed Outcomes:
- Improved health (less obesity, less type II diabetes, increased energy)
- Higher expectations of social responsibility (emphasizing ethical behaviors)
- Increased time to be playful and creative in order to learn more effectively when in the classroom
- Fewer standardized tests/move to developmental/local assessments (less anxiety, more confidence)
- Less time in a classroom setting (although no less rigorous content), which creates passion in students to learn and less burnout as a result of too much time in school