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Cognitive Rigor inToday’s Classroom | Using a Cognitive Rigor Matrix to Advance Complexity of Thoughts

Cognitive rigor encompasses thecomplexity of content, the cognitive engagement with that content, and the scope of the planned learning activities. The Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix (CRM) is a tool that has significant potential to enhance instructional and assessment planning and practices at theclassroom level (Hess, Carlock,Jones, & Walkup, 2009). The CRM superimposes two different cognitive complexity measures – Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge – to produce a means of analyzing the emphasis placed on curricular materials, instructional focus, and classroom assessment.

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