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Monday, November 5, 2012

In this post we attach some questions relationated with the rubric that we have done for the subject Management, planning and assessment of the foreign language.

1) Which elements does the RUBRIC introduce in the learning process?

We think that a rubric takes into account a lot of elements of the teaching-learning process:

* To know what are the competences we expect that our children develop
* To be able to achieve our goals.
* To develop the creativity and autonomy of our children.

Also, with this tool students can acquire independence, autonomy, etc. And we can assess the learning of concepts, strategies and attitudes.

2) How does it help the students/pupils?

It provides feedback to our students in order to discover their strength and weakness, their goals, what the teacher expect from them. It encourages them to be more creative, original, hard workers, etc. 
Also, thanks to the rubric students have an important prominence in their own learning and they know what the criteria by which they will be evaluated.

3) Why is it good for the teacher? How will using a rubric help me as a teacher?

The rubric is good for the teachers for different reasons. Firstly,  the teacher can define the learning objectives and how to achieve them, and clearly the task.

  1. Rubrics create a focus on instruction and learning.

  1. Rubrics improve the clarity of the feedback provided to students and them get a clear description of their strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Rubrics characterize the desired results/products of student work objectively, they give students clear instruction about the instructor’s expectations for an assignment.

  1. Rubrics are operational definitions for the standards used to evaluate performance and  enables multiple graders to evaluate student work consistently and reliably.

  1. Students can use a rubric to assess their own work  and they can have a better idea about whether they are meeting expectations before they submit their work for formal evaluation; thus, rubrics develop competence in self-evaluation.
  2. Rubrics engage students in the learning process , when students can describe exactly what is expected of them, they may be more strongly motivated to work to meet these expectations.

4) Can you think of advantages and disadvantages ?

Advantages of rubrics

* Teachers can increase the quality of their direct instruction by providing focus, emphasis, and attention to particular details as a model for students.

* Students have explicit guidelines regarding teacher expectations.

* Forces the teacher to clarify criteria in detail.

* Giving the child more control of their own learning process.

* Rubrics help students become better judges of the quality of their own work.

* Rubrics allow assessment to be more objective and consistent.

* Rubrics force the teacher to clarify his/her criteria in specific terms.

* It produces a feedback of the process.

Disadvantages of rubrics

* Their development requires a lot of time.

* If the criteria that is in the rubric is too complex, students may feel overwhelmed with the assignment, and little success may be imminent.

* For the teacher creating the rubric, they may find the task of developing, testing, evaluating, and updating time consuming.

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