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The adrenaline rush that launches us into the beginning of the school year is probably being replaced by a more steadfast pace. As we find our rhythms, I hope you’re not getting Common Core fatigue. If you’re feeling a little weary, we’re here to help. This week, get focused on one of the shifts that really stretches all of us: rigor.  
 
Whether you’re crafting that rigorous experience or ushering your learners to their own conclusions, this is one shift that certainly gets us digging deeper. With a spotlight on math, teachers should think about conceptual understanding, procedural skills, fluency, and application. Here are a few of our favorite videos featuring the fun (yes, really) of rigor!

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3 Videos for Building Math Competence 
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Grade 6 | Math | Geometry | CCSS
Ms. Park reminds us that in order to move towards more rigor, sometimes you have to take a step back. Watch this teacher engage her students in the work of a previous grade’s standard in order to scaffold them towards deeper learning.
 
Grades 3-5 | Math | Reasoning | CCSS
Ms. Spies shows us that teaching with rigor also means teaching with a willingness to shift the lesson based on student needs.
 
Grades K-2 | Math | Reasoning | CCSS
Ms. Lassiter invites us into her class and shares how she uses concrete objects to help her kindergarteners learn mathematical proofs.
 
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