Thursday, June 7, 2012

"What is cognitive rigor?"

My good friend and colleague Greg O'Dell recently tweeted an interesting question: “@ugaodawg: What is your personal definition of 'cognitive rigor' as it relates to instruction, learning, and/or assessment?”

I definitely want to give the question more to time to resonate. However, my knee-jerk reaction produced this definition: cognitive rigor- the challenging of students' thinking processes and original ideas through realistic and energetic application of the assigned curriculum while hoping those brilliantly minded thinkers eventually arrive at their own hearts.

...more to come


  1. Awesome! He must be in this training with us on forming assessments. Us math people need help with our words, this is great.

  2. Ben Jones has addressed this very question in one of our Cognitive Rigor blog articles: