What is rigor in mathematics?
Rigor doesn’t just mean “harder” or “more difficult.” Rigor in math teaching means focusing with equal intensity on students’ conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and ability to apply what they know to real-world, problem-solving situations.
Why does rigor matter?
Instruction that targets all three of these aspects of rigor develops well-rounded mathematicians. It gives students a robust “toolkit” they can use to solve the wide range of problems and tasks that will come their way.
Is your instruction rigorous enough?
These tools and resources will help ensure your math lessons meet the mark in terms of mathematical rigor.
- How do I make sure I’m planning rigorous math lessons? These tools will help you adjust your instructional approach based on the aspect of rigor.
- What does planning for rigor look like in practice? Check out how these teachers in Springfield, MA analyze data with rigor in mind.
- Want to learn more about rigor? Watch this screencast on rigor in mathematics.