technology tip of the month Pointer and Clicker Article
Virgil E. Varvel Jr.


While many educators have heard of rubrics, many people have never even heard the word. We all use some form of rubric in our daily lives, even if they are not written down on paper. We might use a rubric in our mind to decide which food we like best on our plate. Is it too salty, just right, or not enough salt? In this article, we will take a look at rubrics; exploring what they are, what they do, why do we need them, how do we make them, how do we use them, etc. The end goal is that you will see the benefits of rubrics, understand how to adapt to overcome their shortcomings and make the most of their strengths, and be able to effectively develop, utilize, and evaluate an exemplary rubric in your own practice. While this presentation/paper is designed to give you a thorough background in rubrics, it is only an introduction.

We start with a definition of rubric in the presentation below. Guide yourself through the presentation, and then select one of the links below to move on through this rubric guide.

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