Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Student Created Rubrics-Tried It Tuesday & Show & Tell

It's Tuesday! Time to link up with my friend Holly for Tried it Tuesday and Denise for Show & Tell Tuesday!

 One of the things I wanted to improve in my practice this year was student created assessments/rubrics. I wanted to hold my students more accountable for their learning. We started by creating kid friendly definitions for the rubric score of 1-4. My students came up with these terms:
3...proficient-got it
2...stuck in the middle
1...lost (not sure if I like this one, but they came up with it!)
This helped them understand the expectations/guidelines for each score. We started with something most students know...making the bed. Breaking down the criteria for this familiar chore gave them a better idea of what "criteria" meant. See sample below:
What about those rose petals??!! haha
Here's another sample from reading (character analysis).

In 3rd and 4th grade, students have to refer back to the text to support answers, while in 5th grade they have to quote text to support their answers (which is why my fourthsters listed this criteria for a rubric score 4). Creating their own rubrics gives them ownership and a better understanding of what's expected. It sets them up for success-they know exactly what to do! We do not create a rubric for every assignment, but we have used them in all content areas, and they get better and faster at it every time! It makes me happy to see my students enjoying their learning and setting high expectations for themselves! Creating their own rubrics really stretches their thinking! Give it a try!

Don't forget to start thinking about ONE way you motivate your students to link up with me on Saturday!


  1. I love this, of course!! :) The idea of starting with making the bed is great- and how funny are they?! ironed sheets, rose petals... ha!!
    ideas by jivey

  2. What a great idea! I'll definitely have to try the make your bed rubric with my class next year!


  3. I have done student made rubrics for several years now. We always start with a clean desk rubric. I leave this one up all year! Great post! Thanks for sharing!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  4. Love the "overachiever" element of the rubric. ;) Perfect!
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    Creating Lifelong Learners

  5. I love how you started the rubric in terms of what they know and made it personal to the students = ownership! :)

  6. Rose petals! ooo la la!! I love the idea of starting with a rubric for a topic that is easy for them. I was just thinking today that I need to make a rubric for the Revolutionary War character skits we will be doing. Scratch that! I need to make class time for the students to come up with a rubric! Thank you, friend:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  7. Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Tuesday! The rose petals cracked me up, you've got some romantics in your class. I've been thinking a lot about implementing rubrics more and project based learning. This is a great way to start!
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  8. I'm wanting to move into using rubrics more next year, starting with student created ones will be great. I love your examples :)

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  9. I read your important terms and its really good for all new student thanks for share it cheap editing services .


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