I.LOVE.RUBRICS! When I started using rubrics, I started seeing higher quality work from students, and I saw them becoming more responsible for the grades THEY EARNED, rather than the grade I GAVE THEM. The shift was very clear.A well-crafted rubric will allow all learners the satisfaction of earning the grade they desire, and a well-designed rubric will offer options that can guide all students, including a “stretch” for bright and gifted learners, as well. Contact me, if you would like me to assist with designing a rubric for a specific activity or project, or visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for a variety of assessment rubrics.
Advantages of Using Rubrics
Using a rubric provides several advantages to both instructors and students. Grading according to an explicit and descriptive set of criteria that is designed to reflect the weighted importance of the objectives of the assignment helps ensure that the instructor’s grading standards don’t change over time. Grading consistency is difficult to maintain over time because of fatigue, shifting standards based on prior experience, or intrusion of other criteria. Furthermore, rubrics can reduce the time spent grading by reducing uncertainty and by allowing instructors to refer to the rubric description associated with a score rather than having to write long comments. Finally, grading rubrics are invaluable in large courses that have multiple graders (other instructors, teaching assistants, etc.) because they can help ensure consistency with assessment.
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