The First Assignment, The First Feedback

So, I decided to use a rubric to “grade” the students’ first assignment (a letter to me introducing themselves), which was an interesting exercise.  I used it as a place to give gentle suggestions about what I expected in terms of level of detail and neatness.  Also gave some uniform reminders to some.  I’m excited to have a common space to keep my observations on the kids’ work in and out of class that is available to them each day.  This daily rubric will replace a number grade in my grade book for this assignment.  Rather than a list of numbers at the end of the quarter, I’ll have a pile of 30 rubrics to help tell the story of each child’s quarter.
It has taken some extra time . . . and I’m not ready for this week yet.  FYI.
Name______________________   Period_________ Daily Rubric Assignment ________________         Date ______________


E M D NI N/A  
          Homework Process:   Assigned reading was completed, accompanying brief notes cover main points of the reading. Assigned questions are answered thoroughly. Questions not completed show partial answers and student questions to ask in class. Work is neat and organized.
          Correction Process:   Any missing information has been added. Make-up and absent work is completed.
          Individual and Class Work: Engaged listening and thoughtful, on-topic questions and comments. Clear speech with no fiddling or fidgeting. Focused on the assigned task and contributing positively to progress. Respectful of contributions made by others. Supportive of classmates. Asking questions of classmates or teacher as needed without disturbing others. If work is completed early, reading from Up Front magazine, text or other approved source.
          Evidence-based Writing: Written work is in complete sentences. Answers are backed up by facts and examples.   Bibliographic information is given as needed. SEE format (statement, evidence, explanation) is the basis.
          Preparedness: Arrive promptly in uniform and with all required materials (binder, iPad, activity book, colored pen, pencil, paper, etc.). Immediately take out homework and other study tools.
          Personal Responsibility for Learning: Asking questions to clarify your understanding when necessary. Coming in for extra help when needed. Doing appropriate practice and review at home. Taking advantage of extra resources to improve your understanding. Paying close attention to corrections on homework and assessments to gauge your strengths and areas needing improvement.
          Taking Risks and Making Mistakes: Maintaining a positive attitude even when faced with challenging material. Willingness to answer a question or offer a thought or explanation when unsure of correctness.

                          E = Exceeds Expectations          M = Meets Expectations                      D = Developing                     NI = Needs Improvement                                     N/A = Not Applicable


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