Re-Evaluate Value… by Using Rubrics? Part 1
“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.”
by Albert Einstein
I’ve been trying to change the way in which I assess my students for a long time, and I’ve never got down to it seriously. I’m afraid today you have forced me to put hands at work. I would love to do away with numbers and letters, and focus completely on progress and achievements. However, I know it requires a lot of thinking and hard work.
Going over the related links Shelly presented in her blog, I got to read about the use of rubrics for giving students constructive feedback. You may have a look at the info here. This reminded me, that last year, I attended a workshop at school about the topic too.
At that moment, I realised that this was what I was looking for. So my short term goal is to prepare good rubrics for the assessment of my students’ speaking, writing and receptive skills, and also for the attitudinal part. At my school we have to mark students on this aspect too. We call it “nota de concepto”. (I’m planning to share them here when I’m done with them.) And of course, my long term goal is to use them to assess my students this year, and focus on progress and achievements, rather than on grades.
If you have never seen an assessment rubric before, here you can see some examples. A rubric is a document that describes the criteria and different levels of achievement to evaluate a specific task. I believe that they are very good for assessing students’ progress, since they:
- provide the students with the information about what they are supposed to achieve in a clear and simple language
- are visually organized
- promote a learner’s autonomous role
- indicate what’s right and what’s wrong
- are easy to use and explain to the students
- help teachers to make rational judgements about students’ work based on the quality of the job done
- reduce arbitrariness and teacher’s time spent grading
- give information about students’ strenghths and weaknesses
What do you think? Have you ever used rubrics? How did it go? Have you got any other ways in which we can assess students’ progress and achievements without focusing on grades as we always do?
Posted on February 3, 2011, in Reflections on Tefl/tesl, Reflexiones sobre educacion and tagged #30Goals, 30 goals, assessment, grading, rubrics, The 30 Goals Challenge, value. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.