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:
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!