Customize Your Rubrics

Six Traits © Rubrics - Customized   Here are samples of the Six Traits © Rubrics for Writing that has been customized to highlight specific requirements for specific assignments. When using the General Grading Guidelines for Writing, it's important to show students what is required to earn each letter grade.…

Critiquing or Grading Writing

It is helpful to understand the difference between critiquing student writing and grading student writing.  This link, Critiquing or Grading can help you create a rubric that achieves your goals. Students will appreciate knowing how they are being assessed, too.  So, I recommend clarifying the goals and allowing students to practice…

Literacy is More than Books and Pens

     “Where’s an English teacher when you need one?” began Dr. Robert Probst, at a session I attended at a Conference on English Leadership.  His speech reminded us that like parents, we educators prepare our students to do without us.  In order to achieve this we must understand two concepts…

Ah, September!

Ah, September – the opening days of a new school year! Perhaps the most idealistic time of year for professional educators. We promise ourselves that this will be the year that our best laid plans will not go awry. We’ll have spent the summer reflecting on the past school year,…

Videos for Teachers

Michael Blau recommends this site with links to videos for teachers. "Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video…

Novice and Veterans – Are You Ready?

 Novice and Veteran Teachers The opening days of school can be overwhelming, even for a veteran English Department Chair, mentor, or student-teacher supervisor. Inevitably, you’ll have new administration goals for the year that must be implemented and clarified for returning teachers. There are the inherent problems of adjusting classroom assignments,…