This week for my Instructional Technology class at the University of Mary Washington, my classmates and I were asked to create a rubric for a previous inquiry assignment. I chose my Class Recipe Blog Activity for this exercise.
The first component I have included on this page is a Student Checksheet that will guide students towards exactly what they will need to accomplish over the two day activity. All of the points mentioned in the checksheet are included on the rubric for grading, providing students with complete transparency as to what I will be looking for as the teacher. I have also included a list of all the documents students will need to turn in and instructions of how to turn them in, so that students are given the greatest opportunity to be successful.
Next is the Rubric created through the website iRubric, a free site that lets you customize your own rubrics and share them with others using a simple design template. I have decided to forego the traditional wordiness of your typical holistic or analytic rubric designs, and instead created what is called a “single-point rubric”. I first discovered the single-point rubric on famous teacher blogger Jennifer Gonzalez’s website cultofpedagogy.com, where she spoke extensively about the benefits of these rubrics for both teachers and students.
Here is a link to the original post about single point rubrics: click here
Here is a link to another article by Gonzalez explaining the differences between holistic, analytic, and single-point rubrics: click here
In my opinion, the single-point rubric is a lot easier to read and provides greater clarity to students what the teacher is looking for. Not to mention, grading is more personalized for each student, by requiring the teacher to give specific remarks about what is excellent/what needs improvement for each project. These specific critiques will help students learn and grow into more successful and reflective students. Here is the link to my single-point rubric: