5 Questions We Ask While Using Rubrics

Rubrics can be helpful. But when are they not helpful? What mistakes do we make when using rubrics? English teacher, Dr. Scott N. Forrest shares the five questions they ask at his school when working with rubrics.

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Dr. Scott N. Forrest

Scott N. Forrest has been an educator for 26 years and earned his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. He teaches English at Mountain House High School in California, a 1:1 Chromebook blended learning school, where he received the 2015 Online Course Design Award from Blended Schools Network for his work on creating engaging online learning courses.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Marty January 13, 2019 - 10:06 pm

I am a high school math teacher that utilizes the use of rubrics in my class. I like that the students know the expectations before turning in their coursework. I agree with Dr. Scott Forrest when he talks about the rubric focuses on priority skills.

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Ken Clark January 25, 2019 - 10:39 am

Great questions. Also, a good reminder that rubrics should evolve over time.

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