There is something about their parameters, their expectations all laid out, secrecy-denied savviness that makes me happy. I love the way I always knew exactly what my late-in-life-college-student-self needed to get that 4.0. Always. There was no mystery, no guessing.
I love it the same way for assessing. I know exactly what each student needs to have to get a +, -, 1, 2, 3, 4, check, S, whatever. I don't have to second guess myself and go back through writing or math to make sure I was fair to all.
I know that not everyone loves them. Not everyone needs the parameters. Not everyone wants to follow a table of laid out expectations. There is less room for gut feelings, justified or no.
Yeah. My opinion = rubrics rock.
This afternoon I started pouring through the Fab 4's Ice Age/Glacial Wisconsin portfolios and decided that I couldn't do it without a rubric. I went to my favorite rubric making site, Rubistar. I will admit that I find rubistar to be a little hard to work in, a little clumsy, but I put up because of how easy it makes creating rubrics. Do you have a favorite site? Will you share?
I started with the items I was assessing. Then I brainstormed the criteria that made or broke the assignments, and defined what it would like if it met, exceeded or did not meet expectations.
Once I had some parameters it was much easier to assign a grade.
I also wanted the parents to know why their child may have gotten a +, or what was it about their work that dropped a minus. Now they can see what I was looking for.
Do you use rubrics? How do you use them? How do you make them?
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