The author of this article, himself an administrator and educator, explains the difficulty of getting students to take up a challenge, using the interesting analogy of the bull rider. Don't worry, he does tie it all together at the end!
Getting to the root of mediocrity takes a great deal of information gathering, including the student surveys that provide an insight into their own perceptions of the rigor--or lack, thereof--in our classrooms. This information-rich article can give teachers a starting place for evaluating whether or not our students are performing as well as they could, and why or why not.
As always teachers continue the search for ways of motivating students to learn and to give their best efforts in their education. This article takes a slightly different approach, suggesting 4 aspects of motivation or lack of motivation that teachers can use as a catalyst for their own students.
The Educational Leadership article tackles the definition of mastery and asks the tough question: How good is good enough? A challenging and insightful article, it sets the stage for actually striving for excellence in the classroom.
This graphic and accompanying explanation explains a philosophy for challenging students toward high levels of thinking. Based on the ubiquitous Bloom's Taxonomy, this thoughtful application shows how the true acquisition of knowledge leads to both assimilation and application.