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I have been using rubrics (or as I call them, assessment sheets) in
art for the last five or six years. Students grade the first part;
which are two short essays; What worked well in this project, and
what would you change if you did the assignment again?
Then they assign a rating of 1 - 10 for their project. I complete
the rubric, answering specific questions about design, requirements
and craftsmanship. The total score is up to 100 points. The
assessment sheets are kept in the student portfolios. I need to
teach students how to grade their work, but after that, they do a
really good job. No ever whines "Why did I get THAT grade?"
> Not long ago I heard about something called a "rubric".
> "Rubrics-shmoobrics", I thought--just more edu-speak.(I don't remember them
> in credential classes--maybe it was BR--before rubrics) Anyway, I read
> Ellen S. Huffman's article in Art Education (jan.98) "Authentic Rubrics"
> and was impressed. My students are in the process of writing their first
> rubric to assess their portfolios. The assignment encompasses not only
> construction of an art portfolio but a design problem for the cover. If
> anyone is using an assessment technique like this--let me know what your
> results have been. My students were puzzled at first but seemed to think
> this was a better way for them to learn to evaluate their own work.
> Teri Brudnak
> Corona del Mar High School
> Newport Beach, CA