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Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics

Whether you’re new to rubrics, or you just don’t know their formal names, it may be time for a primer on rubric terminology. So let’s talk about rubrics for a few minutes. What we’re going to do here is describe two frequently used kinds of rubrics, holistic and analytic, plus a less common one called the single-point rubric (my favorite, for the record). For each one, we’ll look at an example and explore its pros and cons. Off we go! Holistic Rubrics A holistic rubric is the most general kind. It lists three to five levels of performance, along with…

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Meet the Single Point Rubric

…a teacher and App developer. I’ve developed an Android app called Rubric Scorer, I really liked readying about single point rubrics and was wondering if there were any online scoring programs to support single point rubrics. I was thinking I may develop an Android App for scoring and giving feedback for single point rubrics, but thought I’d see what the interest would be in this. Thanks. Nate Merrill Hello all. I (and many of my fellow teachers) have been eagerly using the single-point-rubric in our classrooms. It has improved the communication with students about their progress. As our district…

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Episode 117: Rubric Repair

…them to have. And the teacher could have already drafted the rubric, but now they say, they’re able to grab the language from the students that they came up with and put it into the rubric, and also what’s really powerful is then to link these examples to the rubric itself. So oftentimes, again, we perseverate about the language we use, distinctly, clearly, and when the kids experience it, they have rubric fatigue. They’ve gotten rubrics all day, all year, their whole career, and they all start to look the same. GONZALEZ: Right. WISE: And so while we are really…

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How to Turn Rubric Scores into Grades

…this is what it looks like for me. For a 100-point assignment, I might distribute points as follows, adding them right into the rubric with a space for inserting the student’s score when the task has been graded:   Step 3: Share the Rubric with Students Ahead of Time This part is crucial. Even if students are not included in the development of the rubric itself, it’s absolutely vital to let them study that rubric before they ever complete the assignment. The rubric loses most of its value if students aren’t aware of it until the work is already done,…

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Introducing the HyperRubric: A Tool that Takes Learning to the Next Level

…available above. What follows here is a summary of our conversation.  Jeff Frieden (L) and Tyler Rablin (R) Part 1: Hitting Walls with the Traditional Rubric This story starts with Tyler Rablin, a high school English teacher from Sunnyside, Washington. After working for several years with the traditional four-column rubric, Rablin found himself wanting more. “I know rubrics are important, I know there’s value in them, but I’m not seeing them really impact my students in a way that I would like to see.” He identified two main issues with the traditional rubric: Finality The four-column rubrics Rablin was using…

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Rubric Repair: 5 Changes that Get Results

…necessary to align each column vertically to a grade that matches the column’s descriptors. 4. Can Do Rubrics, Not Can’t Do Rubrics We need to consider the language we choose so that our rubrics encourage students to improve. Without realizing it, when teachers detail the levels of performance, we tend to use degrees of deficiency (e.g. mostly, somewhat, lacking) rather than affirmative non-judgmental statements as to what the students are capable of at each point along the continuum. If we are going to truly use the rubric as a tool to enhance students’ ability to self-assess and thus enhance their…

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Speed Up Grading with Rubric Codes

…would rubric codes work for a single point rubric? Debbie Sachs Hi Kyle! This is Debbie, a Customer Experience Manager with CoP. Rubric codes can absolutely work with the single-point rubric. I’d check out the post How To Turn Rubric Scores into Grades. There you’ll see how to assign points to a single-point rubric. The same concept can be used to assign rubric codes. For example, in the post you’ll see there are 3 criteria under Structure. You could assign the codes S1, S2, S3, or whatever you think would work best. I’d definitely give it a try! Tyler Rablin…

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Episode 175 Transcript

The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast, Episode 175 Jennifer Gonzalez, host GONZALEZ: I’ve always believed in the power of a good, clear rubric for helping students understand how their work will be assessed. As an English teacher, I can’t even imagine assigning a writing task without a rubric. But all rubrics are not the same: Some can be convoluted messes that overwhelm students, while others can be far too vague to really be helpful. Ideally, all teachers would use the most effective rubrics all the time, but we’re not quite there yet. On my site, I’ve explored lots of rubric tweaks…

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Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback

…tried this with students, I put the following directions up on the board when I returned the essays: Read over your whole essay, including what you wrote and my comments. Write THREE observations based on your reading and TWO follow-up questions to discuss with me at our conference. Ask about comments, how to improve things, how to do things differently, etc. Use the rubric (posted online) to grade yourself. Be ready to discuss all of this. I now incorporate these instructions into the student copy of the rubric. Below is one page of that rubric, which includes the reflection section….

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