Experienced Teacher Offer These Reminders
Setting up an assignment and rubric:
- Think about possible audiences for the assigned paper. And then show students what you mean by that audience because students won't know what a good paper looks like.
- Think about what would help students succeed with the task and give some suggestions for specific writing strategies-for example, a backwards outline to check transitions between chunks of the text.
- Students appreciate as much clarity as possible in the assignment itself.
- Use both the assignment and rubric to set up your hierarchy of concerns.
- Also use both the assignment and rubric to state your criteria for the assignment clearly.
- If you assign a sequence of assignments during the semester, note when your criteria get more complex or when you set higher standards.
- Be sure to provide definitions of key criteria either on the assignment sheet or rubric (or on both).
- Provide samples, if possible, on a class web page.