I don’t know how many of you know this, but rubric design is a big deal for teachers. Each level of achievement needs to be specific, and needs to clearly communicate to students so they can know what they need to do to get the grade they want.
One thing teachers intentionally do with rubrics is label each level in a way to encourage students. We do this by naming the levels non-threatening things. Here is an example that I just made up off the top of my head:
|Work is not up to standards, sections are incomplete or missing||All parts of the assignment are present, but are below standards.||Parts of the assignment are below standards, others meet standards||All parts of the assignment are up to standards||Assignment is up to standards and also show student initiative or creativity.|
Notice how it starts with “beginning” and progresses to “mastery”? Some colleagues of mine and I were talking this evening and decided it would be more interesting to re-make this rubric, but with a Star Wars theme. Here is the result:
|Still beginning in your understanding of the light side. You will be a Jedi, I promise.||Your control of the living Force is progressing. Mind what you have learned; save you it can. Continue earnestly in your training.||As your confidence in the Force grows, so does your independence. Be mindful of the future, but not at the expense of the moment.||You have passed your trials and shown your knowledge of the Force. The force is strong in you.||Your skills rank among the greatest Jedi who have ever lived. You are unified with the living Force.|
Now I cannot claim that this is perfect rubric. But I think it is pretty great anyway.
This post was inspired by a conversation with Marguerite Meyer. Check out her work here.