Not every assignment needs an official mark on a rubric
As teachers we are addicted to giving a mark to everything we ask the students to complete. But not everything they do needs to be formally assessed for a mark. If we follow the gradual release model, students need many opportunities to practice a skill or task before they are formally assessed on it.
I use a check minus, check and check plus feedback system in my class. This way students are receiving timely feedback about concepts they have learned.
Check Minus = meet with the teacher to go over lesson/idea again
Check = keep going and use the bump it up board to add more details to your future assignments
Check Plus = WOW! you are exceeding assignment expectations - use the enrichment bins or ask for an enrichment project
Build feedback into your rubrics
The first part of this example rubric is a checkbric where the teacher can check the level of achievement, and then provide strengths and next steps in the stars and wishes section of the rubric. I leave enough room along the sides and bottom of the rubric for a personal comment if it is needed.
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