Can Learning Be Engaging AND Rigorous?

Busy classrooms with engaged students don’t automatically equal high achievement scores. It’s our job to connect the two. I’ve been in those revved-up classrooms where some students in one corner of the room might be discussing the merits of a court case while students in another corner are skyping with a storm chaser while he is getting ready for a chase. It’s quite an experience. However, it’s a moot point to the leaders of the school district if test scores aren’t where they want or need them to be.