As we all know grading is the most necessary procedures of our career. It might just be me, but grading is the bane of my existence. Do you feel the same way? Grading large works, especially towards the end of the school year, feels like it is an endless and mindless process. I remember a few years back when I helped grade over 4,000 essays from a neighboring school district. The only thing I can relate the feeling of completing that grading session was giving birth to my daughter.

When you grade large works of any kind it is very difficult for even the most competent people to remain 100% objective. We are human and have limits. So how do we take steps to remain fair and objective at all times? It took me about 5 years of teaching to begin to learn that rubrics should be used daily to help teachers remain objective and maintain fairness at all times.

Not only do rubrics lead to better equality in assessment, but it gives you standard that will help you understand exactly what you are looking for in the quality of work. That can even be translated to students to help them achieve that higher standard. You might want to give it a try with your students. The next time you give your class a large assignment that produces a product (essay, poster, presentation); provide students with 3 versions of the product and rubric to assess. Insure that each product differs greatly in quality. As a class review and rate these products based on the rubric. There is no clearer way to display your expectations. I have gone as to have students rate their own products prior to grading. If they match my score, I give them extra credit.

Rubrics are essential to grading student assignments effectively. How else would you be able to grade work accurately without specific grading guidelines? For example, writing assignments. Let's say you have 17 writing assignments that you need to grade, with each assignment being 7-8 pages long. How would you go about grading them? It would be a matter of teacher opinion, rather than grading on an accurate and more thorough scale, which every student deserves. This is where rubrics kick in, and this is why they are important to incorporate into your subject and grading guidelines.

Rubrics make grading quicker, clearer, and more objective. They are one of the most helpful tools that teachers can have in their bag of tricks. You will find our site to one of the most extensive teacher resources for rubrics on the Internet. You will find tools that help guide you through the process of creating these assessment tools for evaluating student performance. You will also find over five hundred printable rubrics on our web site. If the concept of rubrics is completely new to you, you will want to read this article for a complete explanation.

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Rubric Maker Tools

  1. Basic Reading Skills Rubric Generator- This rubric assesses skills related to basic phonetic skill development, use of simple endings to words, and use of special types of words.

  2. Behavior Rubric Generator- This generator creates a printable that is a great first step for any behavior modification plan.

  3. Class Participation Rubric Generator- A great way to keep students on task! This can be used in a group setting or for individual assignments.

  4. Clean Up/ Changing Activities- This tool allows you to make a rubric to help with assessing student's transitioning skills.

  5. General Rubric Generator- This tool allows you to make your own customized rubric. The application includes an extensive number of fields to enter. It walks you through the entire process.

  6. Handwriting Rubric Generator- This generator was created due to popular demand. This is a very basic handwriting assessment tool.

  7. Homework Rubric Generator- Help your students understand your expectations for homework assignments with this rubric.

  8. Keyboarding / Typing Rubric Maker- A useful rubric for evaluating overall keyboarding skills.

  9. Lab Report Rubric Generator- Science teachers, make your expectations clear to students with this fun standards-based rubric. Very easy to use.

  10. Listening Rubric Generator- This tool will help you assess how well students listen during periods of teacher/student readings.

  11. Math Rubric Generator- This rubric is great for scoring just about any math assignment or project, even math homework.

  12. Map Rubric Maker- Created by Mr. David Gunderson. This rubric will make your map projects very easy to assess.

  13. Notebook Rubric Maker- This rubric is a wonderful tool to help you evaluate student oral projects of any kind. Includes the use of visuals, articulation, and presentation.

  14. Oral Expression Rubric Generator- A wonderful tool to help you evaluate student oral projects of any kind.

  15. Paragraph Writing Rubric Generator- You asked for it, we just made it! This rubric will help teachers assess elementary writing assignments.

  16. Persuasive Writing Rubric Maker- You asked for it, we just made it!

  17. Presentation Rubric Generator- Decrease the pressure on your students by sharing this rubric of your expectations. This assessment tool will help your students focus on the content they are presenting.

  18. Project Rubric Generator- This generator can be used to help you assess student projects. Helpful for group work and/or individual class projects.

  19. Research Report Rubric Maker- This teacher tool is perfect for any research based body of writing. Has criteria for writing and information gathering.

  20. Science Fair Rubric Generator- A tool that assesses a variety of qualities of science fair projects.

  21. Team Work Assessment Generator- This tool can help you assess how students work cooperatively in a group setting.

  22. Timeline Rubric Generator- Assess just about any time period. This tool will also help students identify all the parts of a properly constructed timeline.

  23. Assess Web Quests Maker- If you're using web quests in your classes and having a hard time evaluating your students, this rubric is for you!

  24. Writing Rubric Generator- Writing is one of the most difficult pieces to assess. Clear up some confusion for you and your students.


Learn All About Rubrics

  1. 10 Uses for Rubrics You Never Thought Of
  2. 5 Features of a Highly Effective Rubric
  3. How Rubrics Make Elementary Teachers Day Easy!
  4. How Rubrics Make Middle School and High School Teachers Day Easy!
  5. How Rubrics Make Scoring Quick And Easy
  6. How to Create an Outline for a Rubric
  7. How to Make a Rubric in Less Than 5 Minutes
  8. How to Tell If Your Rubric Works?
  9. Students Grading Themselves? - Rubrics Can Change Everything
  10. The Pros and Cons of Using Rubrics
  11. Why Rubrics?