Want to build your first rubric on the Activity Planner? Good for you, and luckily we've made it super easy to do. Read on ...

Creating a New Base Rubric

We've covered how to create a new plan from your timeline. Creating a new rubric works the same way. Click on the New Rubric tab above your post box, and add a new title for your rubric.

Once you've done that, click on Create and you're ready to start building.

Developing Rubric Components

As you create a new rubric, you'll see the standard 4–1 template pop up. Let's begin now by clicking on Add Component. You can now add a title for this component, and then we'll begin filling in each column.

In order to fill each section, simply click on it as you did with your title. Type in your assessment content for each rubric stage, and you're done. Remember, you can always come back and update/change anything you want.

Tips for Your Best Rubrics

As a teacher, much of your job is determining how well your students use information. Formative rubrics are awesome tools to help with that. We’ve taken much of the burden of rubric creation off your shoulders in the Solution Fluency Activity Planner. Here are a few tips to help you with your top-notch rubric planning.

Begin at the End

Begin with the end in mind, and allow yourself to dream big. Visualize what an awesome project outcome will look like. Of course, you’ll have your own expectations; don’t give those up. Really assess in your mind the purpose of the rubric.

Prioritize Skills

Each rubric for a project needs to be a jumping-off point for the next assessment. Scaffold all checkpoints of the project so you can see a logical progression. Of course, there will be non-linear paths to the same outcome, and that's fine. Rubrics will be used at each stage of the evaluation process. Be prepared with lots of them along the way. There’s no limit to the number of rubrics you can create in the Planner.

Let Students Have a Go

Want to really put students in the learning responsibility driver’s seat? Have them design the rubric. When they feel in control, they will accomplish more. This is not to say that you are giving up control. You are guiding them towards ownership of learning.

Teach them to visualize desirable outcomes in groups working toward the same goal. Allow them to see their project from the outside looking in. The benefits of self- and peer assessment are undeniable. Putting rubric design in the hands of your students fosters deeper understanding. They will expect positive things of themselves and each other. They also learn valuable assessment techniques.

Make Use of Collaboration

Discuss the outcome of designing assessments with each other. As the teacher, you can encourage direction and focus. You can share a rubric and student-created rubrics with colleagues for further evaluation. This is great for professional development and building a sense of community in learning.

Revisit and Revise

Any rubric should be organic and must be tweaked for consistency, accuracy, and efficiency. Take time to calibrate your rubrics. They are yours to work with, and you’ll have them indefinitely. Once you get a sense of how your rubric worked or did not, go back and examine the process.

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