This is a post from the “Tip of the Week” series by Richard Lyons which is no longer available, although it is archived on Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine. Below this is a link to the full original tip at Internet Archive.
Using Rubrics To Guide Evaluation Of Student Work
We’re approaching that part of the term when many of us will require students to submit papers, reports, or make oral presentations. There are a number of reasons why some students don’t look forward to these major assignments, but one of the most overlooked is that the quality of feedback they’re accustomed to receiving isn’t particularly useful. A simple letter grade of A- or C+ doesn’t give the student much data upon which to improve their performance, which of course is the major reason they’re attending college. Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, author of numerous management books and former professor at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), identified feedback as the key to motivation when he referred to it as the “breakfast of champions.” Students need feedback to improve their performance – feedback that clarifies your expectations, objectively and specifically differentiates varying levels of performance, and points them in the direction of real improvement.