A grading Rubric is a scoring guide designed to identify overall strengths/weaknesses in a student’s task. In this presentation, Mr. Rowan discussed four key points that make Rubrics an effective tool for student assessment and peer feedback. First, he discussed how he directs students into improving their tasks through guided self-discovery in which students use rubrics to identify their successes or problems and what they might do to fix or to improve their work. Second, Mr. Rowan showed how the Rubric can be used by students to provide peer feedback by having them use a Rubric to assess their classmate’s work. Thirdly, he discussed the usefulness of including students in the design phase of the Rubric. Lastly, Mr. Rowan showed how the Rubric is also useful as a process guide or checklist of benchmarks to be achieved. After his presentation on the pedagogical functions of Rubrics, participants took part in a workshop to learn how to make their own Rubrics.
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