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Young people seek out and embrace challenges outside school that they see as relevant and push themselves toward excellence. They expect to be pushed to the edge of their competence in school as well—and to be provided with the support necessary to learn at that edge.

Authentic challenges provide the scope and depth of real-world rigor. Great teachers deliberately promote rigorous learning and rigorously incorporate discipline and cross-discipline knowledge and skills into real-world contexts. Students want and need many opportunities to discover what excellence looks like in the real world.



Example Questions

Do I feel appropriately challenged in my learning and work?

Am I addressing real-world , high, and meaningful standards of excellence?

Do you help students understand real-world standards of quality in learning and work?

Does the learning opportunities the school provide address high and meaningful standards of excellence?

Do my students feel appropriately challenged in their learning and work?

Are my students addressing real-world , high, and meaningful standards of excellence?