October 16, 2018
When homeschooling your own kids, it can be difficult trying to figure out how to grade certain assignments. That's where rubrics come in and make your job a WHOLE lot easier!
It's one thing to have a worksheet with 20 questions and your child gets 1 wrong, but it's another when you have to grade a science experiment or address attitudes and behaviors that aren't very becoming. You have to be able to accommodate things like that.
There are a lot of resources online, but sometimes they can be too wordy and not simplified for your child to be able to understand what is being measured. Other times, it can be easy to just give your child a 100% for effort. At least they tried, right? Even though that is tempting at times, especially when you're tired and you really don't want to deal with the details, we're not doing our children any favors if we don't grade their work objectively. That's where rubrics help. They help to provide a baseline of what is being measured and graded. It's important for our kids to learn how to improve on areas they are weak in.
In the photo gallery above, you'll see a few rubrics I've made over the past few years. They are always evolving into something better. Once I find a design and content I want to use, I am able to put it together effortlessly. That's where my skills of being a computer teacher really pay off!
There are two different ways you can use the rubrics that don't have point values. For example, the Top It Up Effort Rubric top level is EXCELLENT. That is an automatic 100. GOOD WORK is 85, YOU DID IT is 70 and NOT QUITE is 55. Another way to use the rubric is to make the EXCELLENT level 4 points, GOOD WORK 3 points, YOU DID IT 2 points and NOT QUITE 1 point. You'll see doing it the first way gives a larger curve than the second way.
When it comes to using the Field Trip Are We There Yet? Rubric or the What's Your Meh? Project Rubric, there are 2 different ways you can do it that is similar to the Top It Up Effort Rubric. I'll call the second column from the left the Uh, Oh column. That can be worth 1 point or a flat grade of 75. The third column from the left, I'll call the Huh? column. That can be worth 2 points or a flat grade of 85. The last column is the Yay! column. That can be worth 3 points or a flat grade of 95 or 100, depending on the student's project grade for that area. If you're using the point value, then all you have to do is divide the student's score based off a total of 15 allowable points. If you use the flat grades, you add the flat grade for each area then divide by 5. That will give you a final score. Sound easy? It really is!
To download a PDF copy for yourself, just click on the rubric in the photo gallery you want to use and it will download the PDF file for you. Don't forget to save it where you'll be able to find it!😊 Enjoy!