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Rigor in mathematics

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?

Aspects of rigor
  1. Conceptual understanding
  2. Procedural fluency
  3. Application

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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.

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