Using rubrics for assessment


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When assessing students’ work, either written or oral, using rubrics is a good idea. Look here for different suggestions. These can be downloaded and moderated for your personal use. The students can also use these to assess their own work. Questions to ask after each lesson:

  • What is the purpose of this lesson?
  • Why is this important to learn?
  • In what ways are you challenged to think in this lesson
  • How will you apply, assess, or communicate what you’ve learned?
  • Do you know how good your work is, and how you can improve it?
  • Do you feel respected by other students in this class?
  • Do you feel respected by the teacher in this class?
    Source Tony Wagner.

What are Rubrics?

A rubric is a scoring tool that explicitly represents the performance expectations for an assignment or piece of work. A rubric divides the assigned work into component parts and provides clear descriptions of the characteristics of the work associated with each component, at varying levels of mastery. Rubrics can be used for a wide array of assignments: papers, projects, oral presentations, group projects, etc. Rubrics can be used as scoring or grading guides, to provide formative feedback to support and guide ongoing learning efforts, or both. Source Carnegie Mellon University.

Rubrics you might want to try!

Other places to find rubrics: rubrics4teachers , rubric

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When assessing the students’ work, either written or oral it is a good way to do so using a rubric. Look here for different suggestions. These can be downloaded and moderated for your use. The students can also use this to assess their own work. Questions to ask after each lesson:

  • What is the purpose of this lesson?
  • Why is this important to learn?
  • In what ways are you challenged to think in this lesson
  • How will you apply, assess, or communicate what you’ve learned?
  • Do you know how good your work is, and how you can improve it?
  • Do you feel respected by other students in this class?
  • Do you feel respected by the teacher in this class?
    Source Tony Wagner.

2 comments

  1. I have recently started following you on twitter, and found this via a few clicks. I’m very impressed, and it is fun to read your students’ blogs! The rubrics were really interesting!

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