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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Role of Engagement in Academic Rigor

On January 5, 2011 cohort 3 from the Mt. Blue High School met to discuss the relationship between engagement and rigor.

As we discussed the activities that increase engagement, we explored the relationship between rigor and engagement.
  • Depth of Knowledge is about intended outcome,  not difficulty of content.
  • Depth of Knowledge is a reference to the complexity of mental processing that must occur to answer a question, perform a task, or generate a product.
Dr. Valerie Dickerson created the following graphic to explain the relationship.

 While we discussed how to implement activities to increase engagement in any classroom , we also recognized the necessity for teachers to establish and adhere to specific protocols for students' interactions - including a time frame.
                                                                           Cohort 1, 2, and 3 have all made an effort to coordinate these efforts to facilitate their students' learning.  This format dovetailed nicely with the work we have done on meta-cognition.  
Please note the student's ability to explain his/her reasoning and logical thinking places the processing in the advanced stage.  Meta-cognition raises the rigor of the processing significantly. 
Technology is an obvious avenue for increasing student engagement.  John L. and Alicia D.  provided us with impromptu training at our request.
Thanks to all for a great day:)  The synergy was incredible.

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