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rubric in action


Date: Sun Nov 25 2001 - 03:25:28 PST

I would like to share what my fellow art colleague and I have been doing with
rubrics in our district this year. We share an elementary school as well as
have our own "home" schools and are fortunate to have regular contact, even
if only be notes. Since the beginning of this year we have been using a
rubric for the entire district for 3 - 5th grade that has become a very
interesting study for me. My colleague had an idea for a "flexible" rubric
that allowed for the usual grading processes of craftsmanship, creativity,
and effort but also allows 6 directions from each unit or project to be a
focus (whatever you and students address). Students evaluate their own work
and complete evaluation sheet by filling in the directions, grading their
work by a point scale, then turning in with their artwork and studies. I keep
a large rubric on the wall that I can refer to and have a pouch for blank
evaluation sheets underneath.It has such wonderful potential for keeping
focus of what they are learning and understanding how they are graded. I
have already had a conference with a parent where this has been helpful in
discussing the students grade and work including what the student thinks of
their own work and effort. What will be even more exciting will be to see
what happens after my third graders and fourth graders get the hang of this
for next year. Third graders evaluate as a class, sometimes fourth, but fifth
grab it quite easily. They like knowing where they are going with their art
and grade. I would be glad to share more of this with you if anyone is
interested. :)