how our teachers use (1)

On a dreary Wednesday afternoon, I was lazing in the teachers’ lounge when a fleeting thought about rubrics bubbled up from the depths of my soul. (Note: this was because I had just read this article on 5 ways you can use Schoology rubrics). In a nutshell, these are the ideas the article described:

  • Performance Tasks, Visual Art Products, and Physical Models/Projects
  • Weekly Point Collections
  • Offline Assessments for Tracking Mastery
  • Checklists
  • Notebook or Binder Checks

Curious to know how our teachers were using rubrics, I started asking around:

My first encounter was with Fritz, who mentioned that he frequently uses it for essays, tests, short assignments, and group projects because “…it helps [him] figure out what he wants from the students and it makes it easier to grade.” So I started hearing a few good things:

      1. It clarifies your objectives from students.
      2. Students know exactly what you want.

Mary also added that it keeps one teacher’s grades in the same ballpark as other English teachers:

      3. It sets a standard for grading across your department.
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Jay’s rubric for the verbal portion of the midterm.

In my next encounter, Jay and I were brainstorming the most efficient way to deliver a verbal midterm where students had to locate anatomical features on a human skeleton. At first, we tossed around the idea of a Schoology quiz, but that didn’t seem to make much sense because this was a verbal exam. So then we landed on Schoology rubrics, because a) we could list all the criteria, b) he could quickly checkmark what was right and wrong, and c) Schoology automatically added together all the points. His feedback was that “it was so smooth — it was perfect.” In other words:

      4. It makes grading really easy.

Beth also did this really cool unit on media literacy where students created memes for her Justice in Action course. Students were graded on specific objectives related to the overall visuals, organization, and content. Her Schoology rubric was laid out so that it was incredibly clear and specific as to what was expected of students.

      5. Students have room for creativity.


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Beth’s rubric for memes on Media Literacy.


Want to try out one of these ideas? Or have an idea to share on how you use rubrics? Let us know. 🙂

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