Creating Rubrics

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Rubrics can be used in many ways. Once created, an established rubric can be used or slightly modified and applied to many activities. Reviewing, reconceptualizing, and revisiting the same concepts from different angles improves understanding of the lesson for students. Think of a writing rubric – good writing does not change with the project. Because the essentials remain constant, it is not necessary to create a completely new rubric for every activity.

This five-part series explores how one teacher designs, refines, and implements rubrics in a variety of subject areas.

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