Thinking deeply or just working hard? Dispelling common misconceptions about rigorous instruction and assessment

July 14, 2015

This workshop can be customized to address specific content areas or grade levels.



Karin begins by defining the concept of “cognitive rigor” and dispelling some common misconceptions about Depth of Knowledge. You’ll hear an overview of how her popular Cognitive Rigor Matrix was developed and use it to analyze content-specific examples (grades K-12). The CRM integrates the Bloom-Webb models with content-specific descriptors of increasing complexity and deeper thinking that can guide instructional and assessment planning. The CRM will be used to illustrate how roles of teachers and students “shift” with deeper questioning, complex tasks, and strategic scaffolding. Teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders will leave with specific tools that support observation and reflection on their own current practices that promote deeper understanding.


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Karin Hess, Ed.D, is a recognized international leader in developing practical approaches for using cognitive rigor and learning progressions as the foundation for formative, interim, and performance assessments.



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