Feature: Common Core Focus
The Common Core Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are packed with math terms, education and pedagogy terms, and often the terms are used with little context. The Focus of the Week concentrates on a specific topic to provide clarification or a working context of a specific concept.


Common Core Focus of the Week: Rigor 
Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, and each is supported so he or she can learn at high level, and each student demonstrates learning at high level. (Blackburn, 2008).
When creating Common Core  aligned lessons and activities naturally they will be correlated with particular standards, but it also important to address (in equal proportions) the three components of rigor: conceptual understanding, procedural skill fluency, and application. When examining lessons or even PARCC questions identify the component(s) of rigor that are meant to be addressed.
Sample Questions, addressing the components of rigor 
Procedural Skill Fluency  Conceptual Understanding  Application

Mark each equation true or false
 8 x 9 = 80  8
 7 x 5 = 25
 8 x 3 = 4 x 6

What is the value of 3x + y  3(x + y) when x = 18.22 and y = 1?

On Monday Billy walked 1/2 mile. On Tuesday Billy walked another 1/2 mile. On Wednesday Billy walked some more. Altogether Billy walked 2 1/2 miles. How far did Billy walk on Wednesday?


