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Goals of this session:
Begin to understand how to move a lesson from Quadrant A to Quadrant D
Provide tools, verbage, and projects/activities with rigor and relevance

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  • Quadrant A(Acquisition): Students learn and store bits of knowledge and information. TEACHER WORKS
  • Quadrant B (Application): Requires students to use their acquired knowledge to solve practical problems.
    STUDENT WORKS
  • Quadrant C(Assimilation) : Extend prior knowledge to use it automatically and routinely to analyze problems and create unique solutions. STUDENT THINKS
  • Quadrant D(Adaptation): Students think in complex ways and apply their knowledge and skills when confronting perplexing unknowns and creating solutions. STUDENT THINKS & WORKS





A relevant lesson answers:
  • What am I learning?
  • Why am I learning it?
  • How will I use it?

Rigor is NOT:
  • More or harder worksheets
  • AP or honors courses
  • The higher level book in reading
  • More work
  • More homework

Rigor IS: Common Core 4 C’s and Habits of Mind in action
Creativity and Innovation
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Communication and Collaboration

What are Habits of Mind?
"Habits of Mind are the characteristics of what intelligent people do when they
are confronted with problems, the resolutions of which are not immediately
apparent." (Costa)

Habits of Mind are essential when creating a learning environment with rigor and relevance.

Rigorous, Relevant, and Authentic Learning
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Students should be in Quadrant C and D
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Anchor Standards for Reading- Literature, Non-Fiction and Writing