Looking for any suggestions on how to make my honors courses more challenging. I'm finishing up my second year of teaching. I've taught honors-level junior and senior English both years and will be teaching them again next year. I made a lot of changes after my first year (mostly with the materials I use) and I'm planning on changing things again. But the changes I'm implementing next year are more procedural. For example, I noticed students this year would bomb a test and then just retake it when they were ready. The same thing happened with their papers. They would receive average grades on their essays but then revise for a higher grade. Next year, I'm not going to offer retakes (if I'm allowed, school policy says we must) and I'm going to average grades and retakes together. I'm also not going to offer extra credit in my honors courses. But the other day I was talking to the students and a student made the comment: nothing in this class has been honors level. It really shocked me because right now we're reading The Odyssey and they are struggling. I think the material is challenging but that I allow too much time and offer too much help. Can you tell me about your honors curriculum and expectations? Is there a professional development class I can take?