Are you a middle or high school teacher bogged down in scoring student assignments? It can seem like there's never an end to work that needs to be graded.
Not only do you have regular papers to mark, but there are also special projects, homework assignments and tests that demand your attention. No wonder it can be overwhelming! Fortunately, you could find relief for your grading overload with a simple assessment tool--the rubric.
Rubrics can make life easier for stressed out middle and high school teachers. With a rubric, you know exactly what to look for in every paper you grade, so there's no need to spend too much precious time reading each essay for correctness. A rubric allows you to identify what is important in an assignment, judge how well the student met this standard, and assign points accordingly. After you've done this for each element on your rubric, all that's left to do is to add the points together. Then, you've got the student's grade figured out for you. One of the best things about rubrics is you can use the same basic formula for grading a variety of assignments.
Rubrics Make Middle High School Easy!
There are many different ways to layout a rubric--lists and tables are just two forms--but any method you choose will work if you make it specific. Once you've decided on a basic format for your rubric, you can fill it in with the requirements of each project. For example, if you like the way a tabular rubric works, you could change the elements along the left side to correspond to the project at hand. You would leave the levels listed along the top--no effort, developing work, basic work, intermediate and excellent, for example--and fill in the descriptions of each element as it intersects each skill level.
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August 23, at pm. Thank you for this wonderful resource!
I love getting the emails from your site. The descriptions and criteria are very well-written. Catlin Tucker says:. Hi Susan, You are absolutely welcome to edit and rework them! Melanie Taylor says:.
Sample Essay Rubric for Elementary Teachers
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Hello, are the high school rubrics available on the website, or in the book? February 25, at pm. Emileta Warner-Paul says:. May 28, at am. Dear Ms Tucker I was browsing and came across you rubrics for students writing. I deem it a pleasure to be able to use them for my assessment.
Mitzie says:. June 4, at am. I so appreciate the clarity and ease of understanding these rubrics provide!! June 11, at am.
Hi Mitzie, I tend to agree with you. Vanessa says:. June 23, at pm. June 24, at am.