One way to assess students is through rubrics. Rubrics tell students exactly how they will be graded and therefore, exactly what they need to do. Rubrics can also be used by the teacher to evaluate student growth or achievement on a particular skill. If a teacher wanted to assess their teaching or lesson planning, there are rubrics for that too.
Rubrics are about quality: quality learning and quality teaching.
You can use Rubistar to create rubrics. This is a great starting place and the tool I normally use. Rubistar has over 50 customizable rubrics. The process is quick and easy. Below are a few screen shots with captions the explain the features.
Once you are familiar with the content and layout of a rubric, making one in Word may be just as easy, especially if you are just changing a few things. I have included a few sample rubrics below for you to download and tinker with.
- Consider the weight of each category. (Should neatness be worth the same as content?)
- The rubric should be passed out with the assignment.
- Explain the rubric to your students.
- Read through each category with the students. Give them hypothetical situations (If Jeff includes only 3 examples what score will he receive? How long does the paper have to be in order to earn 4 points?)
- Ideally, students need to hang onto the rubric and turn it in with the final product. Be prepared: have extra copies on hand.
- Have students evaluate their work with the rubric before turning it in.