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How to Create a Project Based Learning Lesson

…of learning. What this also means is that each benchmark will likely only be assessed using 2-3 rows from your (very large!) rubric.  You can see which rows of the rubric were used for which benchmarks in the “Silent voices” project by looking at the far left column on the project rubric (link in previous section). These benchmark numbers dictate what the smaller rubrics will look like for grading each deliverable (since, remember from my note in step 4, we will never use this entire rubric at once!). So for example, benchmark #3’s rubric would include the following rows only:…

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Episode 167: Co-Constructing Success Criteria

…in each other’s work and go back to. In the same form, it’ll then help the kids be more able to self-assess themselves because they know what they’re doing, they know what they’re looking for. They’ve seen models of success before they started. They had opportunities to ask questions, and now they have a clear understanding of what the expectations are and how to be successful. Rubrics will likely come up. People who are listening might say, well, don’t rubrics do that? To a certain degree, yes, but rubrics are problematic in a lot of ways and that’s definitely a…

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How Accurate Are Your Grades?

…them the grade the rubric shows. I would love to hear your opinions and ideas on rubrics and how they can be leveraged to provide more complete and useful information to students as well as more practical approaches to rubric creation. Debbie Sachs Hi! Thanks so much for sharing. If you haven’t already, check out Jenn’s posts Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics and especially, Meet the #SinglePointRubric. You may also want to take a look at the resources on her Assessment & Feedback Pinterest board to see if you find anything relevant to your needs. Jennifer L….

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Episode 55: Your Top 10 Genius Hour Questions Answered

…the recommended way of grading Genius Hour is actually to grade the process. Grade what I kind of just shared with you in how they work through the process. There’s a rubric that has kind of caught fire. I shared it on my blog a number of years ago. It’s in the book. It’s a fantastic rubric. It’s called the GRIT rubric. It’s an acronym, and it stands for guts, resiliency, integrity, tenacity. And what the GRIT rubric does is it allows you to grade the process of students each and every time they come in or overall on, basically,…

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Build it Together: Co-Constructing Success Criteria with Students

…which can be placed in visible locations around the classroom. As the learning cycle progresses, the teacher can refer back to these statements, connecting them to the language of the standards, so everyone is familiar with and fluent in that language at all stages of the assignment. 2. Study and annotate the assignment. At the beginning of a project or learning cycle, give students the prompt or assignment that they are going to be working on; this may also include a rubric (Sackstein prefers to use rubrics that only state the target criteria, like the single-point rubric). Have them read…

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Backward Design: The Basics

…moon phases, but a student-developed model of the moon phases along with some kind of presentation where students use that model to explain lunar phases, eclipses, and seasons. When designing this final assessment, it’s essential that the teacher crafts a rubric that clearly outlines specific, high standards for both the model and presentation. The rubric should list criteria for the accuracy and functionality of the model, plus the quality of the presentation itself. Here’s an example of what that might look like: With a good rubric in place, we then work backwards to determine what lessons students need to do…

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Kiddom: Standards-Based Grading Made Wonderful

…lesson I already use in my classroom, or I can choose something from Kiddom’s large library of interactive, standards-aligned lessons from sources like Khan Academy, CK-12, and IXL. That means less time preparing materials and a greater ability to differentiate instruction. This lesson on homophones is just one of many available in Kiddom’s free content library. Next, I choose the standards I want to align with the assignment. I can grade the assignment with points or a rubric. If I choose a rubric, I can create as many assessment categories as I’d like—to grade for different criteria—and define the qualities…

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Power Lesson: “This I Believe” Essays

…the author, Cynthia Ruiz. From what we understand, she is no longer in the classroom. However, you may be able to connect with her on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter icon at the top of the post underneath Cynthia’s name. If you are looking to create your own rubric, the section of this post called Assignment Guidelines links to the NPR website where Cynthia found the writing guidelines that she used as a basis for her own. In addition, there is another Cult of Pedagogy post on the single-point rubric, which you might find useful. I hope this helps!…

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A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers

…them from a clear rubric – if you download my free set of templates, it includes the rubric I designed. You might want to grab it, just to help you design your own if you prefer. Hope this helps! Betsy Lauren Frazier I would love some advice on how to use this with college math students. Susan Leathers I went digital with one pagers this spring. Students used Adobe Spark to create and published on a class Padlet. Voila! No art supplies needed (and by May, few are to be had!). Tim Drown One other alternative is to pair up…

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