To rubric or not to rubric?
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on July 28, 2015 - 3:13pm
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Hello colleagues, Have you ever heard it said about assessment that we teachers need to "make the evaluation criteria visible"? This concept resonates with me as I think about the many experiences I've had in school when I was left wondering how a project or a writing assignment would be graded by a particular teacher. Very often I had no idea.
Making the evaluation criteria visible before students complete an assignment is usually very helpful. A useful tool that can help us to do that is a rubric.
In a recent blog, Sarah Wike Loyola outlines Five Tips for a More Meaningful Rubric.
Loyola suggests the following benefits for using rubrics:
- setting clear guidelines and expectations from the beginning.
- holding students accountable for the work they produce in a justifiable way.
- letting students know on which areas they need to concentrate the next time they are given a similar task.
- seeing improvement in students’ work
How have you used rubrics in your teaching? Do you agree with the above benefits? What drawbacks, if any, might there be?
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller