Engage students in conversations around rigorous learning

The rigor of highly demanding coursework can be intimidating to students. Having regular conversations about how they experience this rigor, how they can manage it, and how mistakes are part of the learning process can significantly ease students’ sense of intimidation.

Explore Student Experiences Throughout the School Year

Click on each critical period to explore student experiences.

Strong Start


Keeping Up


Midterm Reset


Exam Prep


Due to varying school schedules and contexts, the exact timing of the critical periods will differ by school and even by class. The months provided are a guide for where teachers should be looking for experiences based on time of year.

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