Using backward planning to create rubrics with students that better assess their learning needs.

by Barry Saide

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

In this series of videos, we examine rubrics as a tool for evaluating proficiency and learning. I engage participants in succession of conversations about what rubrics are, how they are used, and the characteristics that effective rubrics share.

Part One: Introduction

In part one of the workshop, we start at the rubrics ground zero. How do we make sense of or even use all of the rubrics that result from a simple Google Search? What are we looking for in a rubric? And how do we know what to look for?

Part Two: What Makes a Rubric a Rubric?

In part two of the workshop, in groups and altogether we discuss the aspects of a rubric that make it an essential part of evaluating the performance of students.

Part Three: What is a Quality Rubric?

In part three of the workshop, we begin by critiquing a rubric that I have supplied to participants. All participants agree that creating your own rubric – especially in conjunction with the input from students – is essential to ensuring that rubrics are useful tools for learning.