February 26, 2016
Creating Great Rubrics With the Solution Fluency Activity Planner
Formative assessment is so useful to students. It's the most honest, accurate, and timely feedback we can give as teachers. Rubrics are the best tool for this. They are a great way to give a lot of feedback in a short time. This is key to formative assessment and student-owned learning.
We won't go into detail on how to write a basic rubric; you can learn that here. We want to present the process of rubric designing with the Solution Fluency Activity Planner. This feature on the Planner has had a big update. You've now got more control and better options for designing your assessments.
Every lesson you create on the Planner has a built-in custom holistic rubric maker. It's super-easy to use and fits intuitively into your assessment workflow. We'll show you how it works in this post. At the end, we'll also give you some tips for making your best rubrics.
Creating Rubrics on the Planner
It all starts in the Assessments page. The new Planner features let you save rubrics to use in other unit plans. This can save you a lot of extra work. You can create master rubrics which you can edit within various units.
The first thing the Assessment page does is invite you to add a new rubric. Click on Add Rubric it will prompt you to create a name for it. Then simply click on Add it below.
When you create a rubric, it will be added to the Assessment page. You can then access your rubrics by going into your Profile page and going to My Rubrics.
Adding Some Components
You've got a standard 1 to 4 rubric here. It's perfect for both self-assessment and peer assessment. First, think of a title for your component. What specific part of the learning journey are you assessing?
Next, add your assessment content for each stage of the rubric from 4 down to 1. Click on Save to add your newly-completed rubric component.
Do More With Your Rubrics
As we said, the new Planner features make working with rubrics a breeze. You can shift the order of components, add and remove components, and build a database of rubrics. They all appear on your Profile page, under Rubrics.
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.
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.