Chapter 5 Discussion Question by Deigh Young
Do you agree or disagree with the list of reasons in Chapter 5 that rubrics may be counterproductive?
First of all, I agree that students will give minimal effort to receive the grade they desire. Unfortunately, I have seen this before with my 4th graders, especially with intelligent students who haven't "bought-in" to the assignment or who want to get done as fast as possible. In this case, the rubric stunts the students' creativity.
With that being said, I still plan to use rubrics in the future. I feel that students appreciate rubrics because they know what is expected and what they're being graded on. I just have to make sure that I carefully word my expectations in a way that doesn't limit the students. Also, students' work needs to be graded somehow, and rubrics are a way to communicate to the parents how the students did on the assignment.
"If every child were to be given access to a computer, computers would be cheap enough for every child to be given access to a computer."
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