Expectations for Excellence - Elementary and Middle School
- Greetings ArtsEducators,
Here is a basic Rubric that I used. I revised it from one by Marvin Bartel
(with his permission):
This way, I did not have to write one detailed rubric out for each lesson
I used detailed rubrics for lessons I had written one for already.
Rubrics were given to student before the hands-on work began. Student
evaluated their own work/progress before I did. 90% of the time, we agreed.
When we didn't - I conferenced with the student. I only had one student that
made a mockery of this system, and he was removed from the room until we all
Here is one I revised from Woody that I gave out at the beginning of the
This really helped my middle school students - and helped them accept
average grades when the work was indeed just average. They referred to this
when they graded their work.
There are more rubric links on this page:
Someday, I will organize it better.....
Here is one I used for 8th grade only:
The criteria was the lesson objectives. Again, this saved time as I didn't
have to write a detailed rubric for each lesson. Students graded themselves
first (the S column - T was my column). I tried not to pigeon hole the
objectives - but to make them more "big ideas". I was always happiest with
lessons the first time I did them with students - probably because I didn't
have such preconceived expectations? I suppose that is why I did the lessons
differently each year (when I did repeat them).
Judy Decker - Ohio
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