We have all heard the word “rigorous” with regards to math instruction and math tasks. What exactly IS math rigor and how can we encourage it?

### What does NCTM say?

The National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics gives a few hints about this. See what you think.

- Math tasks should require effort. Consider exactly what that “just right” effort is–enough to challenge students with enough frustration to engage but not enough to frustrate.
- Tasks should be rich and have multiple entry points and opportunities to extend and enrich.
- Solutions can be “messy” and have multiple solutions. In fact, the solution is less important than the problem-solving process itself.
- Rigorous math tasks contain math content that is relevant to students and develops connections among math concepts.
- Quality math tasks develop strategic and flexible thinking. Students who are engaged in these tasks use their reasoning and number sense to help them proceed.
- Rigorous math experiences involve active learning and involve ALL students, not just our brightest.
- Finally, problem-solving does not need to be a solitary experience! Encourage partners and teams to work together, talk about math, and succeed together.

### Open-ended challenges for grades 2-3

As you know, developing rigorous math tasks is one of my passions, and I just wanted to give you a little “heads up” that I have added the third of four open-ended tasks to my latest growing bundle! That set of summer challenges (perfect for warm weather problem solving–tasks include campfires, visiting a festival, a trip to the beach) and can be found by clicking RIGHT HERE. The price of the BUNDLED resource **WILL** be going up once the final resource is added, so you should consider grabbing it now. Watch for the final component to be added this March. **Already own this bundle? Go grab that update!**

**This set of challenges is perfect for your class if…**

- You teach grades 2 or 3 and want ways to challenge your students and develop their problem-solving strategies and perseverance.
- Or you teach grades 4 or 5 and your students are inexperienced problem solvers who need experience with complex tasks with less complex computation.
- You want opportunities to immerse your students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
- Maybe you need quality math tasks for math stations or centers.
- Your math series has taken the “thinking” out of problem-solving where students don’t need to apply multiple strategies or skills within a single problem.
- You need ready-to-print, low-prep math activities for your fast finishers that are meaningful and engaging.
- And so much more!

**Interested? CLICK HERE to grab it!**

**You may be interested in a similar resource that is geared more for grades 4-5–just CLICK HERE to see those challenges!**

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