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Teaching Tip: Rubrics for Success

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Types of Rubrics

There are several different types and ways of using rubrics: 1) have students generate a rubric, after being given an assignment; 2) have students use a rubric to peer assess their classmates’ work; 3) use a rubric to provide formative feedback to students for drafts of assignments; 4) provide the class with details of where they excelled and where they still need to work, based on analysis of completed assignments; 5) after brainstorming ideas for an assignment, have students review the rubric; and 6) distribute a rubric that details how the test or assignment will be graded. The Faculty Focus article Rubrics: An Undervalued Teaching Tool provides clear suggestions and guidelines for using rubrics.

Benefits of Rubrics

R             Rubrics provide the Right Route for students to meet and excel in assessments and tests

U             When students Understand how they will be graded; they know where to focus their attention

B             Rubrics make it Big and Bold what the teacher is expecting on assessments and tests

R             Rubrics help students Reduce the Risk of getting off track when completing assignments

I               Rubrics provide focused Ideas of what is expected of the students

C             Rubrics provide Clear Criteria for students to tackle their assessments more effectively

S              Students are more Successful when they receive and use rubrics for assignments and tests

For further information about Rubrics for Success and other pedagogical ideas, please contact Wilma Brown and view other online Teaching Tips on the PDO web page.

Wilma Brown, Pedagogical Development Office (PDO)