IN-SITES for USING RUBRICS

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WORKSHOP #2: USING RUBRICS for GRADING and SELF-EVALUATION

A Journal & Project-Based On-line Workshop

If you are doing this Workshop for academic credit, mail your completed Work to:


Chad C. Osborne
923 West Mission St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This is a distance learning workshop, concentrating on uses of the Internet for teaching, learning and professional development. It also is intended to give you enough web sites and leads-in to more web sites to be a continuously useful resource for your learning and doing.

Assessment is based on work you produce in series of essays/listings for topic you "connect with," and with an annotated lists of sites supporting your views and reflecting your web work.

For instance, you might write “The site XXXX [http://www.xxx.com] gave me a different perspective on how to help students learn _____. It also cleared up for me something I was confused about, and that is what educators mean by __________.” Certainly you would want to elaborate more.

This work may be emailed to me at ozpk100@aol.com, or snail-mailed to me at Chad C. Osborne 923 W. Mission St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. If you email the work, you may wish to put it in a Zip file, which compresses text and makes it easier to send over the 'Net.

What Is A Rubric? Check out this site's illustration of a rubric for having children clean up their rooms.

"Rubrics" allow teachers to be more objective in scoring/grading complex student performances. Moreover, they help students understand more clearly just what is expected of them in an assignment or activity. Students and teachers can compose rubrics together, and revise them according to actual performance. They give a reference point and language for raising expectations and achievement, AND GIVE STUDENTS GUIDANCE IN DEVELOPING SKILLS OF SELF EVALUATION.

Part of holding students to higher standards means teaching and giving them opportunities to ask their own questions and evaluate their own work. This workshop will prepare you to collaborate with students in the evaluation process.

Journal and Portfolio Task #1: Surf and survey **the amazingly thorough site RUBRICS, which has rubrics for every academic subject and level!

  1. ASSESSMENT MATTERS! has rubrics for each major curriculum area, plus many other sites on assessment. Also give particular and thoughtful attention to:
  2. Automating Authentic Assessment With Rubrics--which illustrates RUBRICs in the context of educational reform
  3. RUBRIC EVALUATION -- another comprehensive site
  4. Rubric Template
  5. The Rubric Bank - Chicago Public Schools
  6. Introduction to Scoring Rubrics
  7. How To Create a Rubric From Scratch

Be sure to look at sample rubrics in all areas matching what and how you teach. Consider how some of the process/skill rubrics as tools to train students in the use of more creative methods. Write in your Journal about what you discover, and reprint and annotate rubrics you may want to use.

Journal and Portfolio Task #2: What larger assessment issues do you want to consider? Give a close look at relevant sections of Critical Issues in Assessment. Your Journal Part of this task is to formulate your approach to assessment.

Portfolio Surfing and Site Collection
The following fourteen sites reflect the work of many educators in trying to encapsulate higher standards in the form of rubrics. Survey and selectively reprint them for your Portfolio.

  1. INTRODUCTION TO SCORING RUBRICS
  2. GUIDELINES for RUBRIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. EXEMPLARS and RUBRICS
  4. EVALUATIVE RUBRICS
  5. THE ART OF NEGOTIABLE CONTRACTING
  6. CREATING RUBRICS THROUGH NEGOTIABLE CONTRACTING AND ASSESSMENT
  7. "KID LANGUAGE" WRITING RUBRICS
  8. READING RETELLING RUBRIC
  9. EXEMPLARS READING, RESEARCH & WRITING RUBRIC
  10. HOLISTIC CRITICAL THINKING RUBRIC
  11. REPORT RUBRIC
  12. COLLABORATION RUBRIC
  13. ORAL PRESENTATION RUBRIC
  14. RubiStar RUBRIC CREATORS

Final Journal and Portfolio Task: Improving America's Schools: A Newsletter on Issues in School Reform gives you a final opportunity to consider your own assessment philosophy and think about what your school might do to strengthen its approaches. Reflect on this in a final essay and collection of annotated site listings.

CHAD OSBORNE

ozpk100@aol.com