Rubrics are the rage, and for good reason. Focussing the learner's
attention on essential elements of a task, a well written rubric is
an excellent instructional and evaluation tool. In addition, rubrics
may be developed for any subject matter at any stage of
When and How
To Use Rubrics
Introduction of a skill
Teach students to use a rubric to evaluate excellent, good,
average and poor examples of what you are teaching. Once
students can identify and evaluate essential elements of
successful performance, learning the task becomes much
Teach students to use the rubric as a check list when
they are making their initial tries.
Have students use the rubric to evaluate one another's and
their own attempts.
Use weighting factors to make certain aspects of the rubric
count more than others to focus attention on the more
difficult elements of the task.
Use rubrics to further enhance critical thinking, by
asking students determine the appropriate weighting
Competent students may also be asked to write their own
Body Paragraph of an essay.
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Stand Alone Paragraph
How to Write
Your Own Rubric
- Write the learning objective.
- Decide what behavioral measure can be used to
determine success for that objective.
- List the criteria required for successful performance
of that objective.
factors and provide an equation students can fill in
to calculate a score.
- Arrange the information on a page attractively.