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Rubistar Rubrics in the Classroom

The use of rubrics in the elementary classroom provides a specific, fair, understandable and fast way to assess student learning and work. Rubrics allow the students and teacher to address strengths and weaknesses within the student's work while eliminating biases based on past performance or unrelated elements of the work itself. For example, a student may present a visually outstanding project that may or may not relate to the topic or cover the elements that were required. A rubric would enable the students and teacher to evaluate the content of the project independently from the art work.

Rubrics can be used in all subject areas including language arts, science, math, social studies, reading, art, P.E., and music. The categories and ratings of the rubric will depend on the subject area and the elements that the teacher wishes to focus on. The following projects were done in a fourth grade classroom. The students were told to read a specific passage that related to the westward movement and in groups of 4 or 5, create a poster that visually and verbally displays the information that they learned.

The following rubric was used to assess their projects.

Poster Rubric

Rubrics for physical education are a quick and bias free way to assess student activities. The following is an example of a physical education rubric that could be applied to a variety of activities, sports and games.

Physical Education Rubric

Rubrics can also be used by students to monitor their own progress and assess their own work. Simple rubrics can be made for the lower grades and upper grade students can work collaboratively with the teacher to develop relevant rubrics to monitor their own work. The following is an example of a rubric that may be used for a fourth grade reading journal.

Journal Rubric

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