Without a doubt, the creation of a strong rubric is something that takes time, thought, and multiple people at least in my humble opinion. Thus, I’m happy to share this rubric with anyone that wants to use it, manipulate it, and critique it. However, I’d love to see what you do with it so that we all benefit from its improvements.
Also, I encourage my teachers to ponder a number of things about assessing blogs beyond what they typically ponder such as the following:
- Have students use this rubric (along with a couple of other charts) to assess themselves and peers
- Instead of assessing every post, randomly ask students to provide a post or posts for assessment. I like asking for their best blog post, their worst blog post, and their blog post with the most potential. Think about your own blog – not every post is a homerun.
- Have students submit stats from their aggregator. Google Reader gives a lot of details making it nice for teachers to see student reading patterns.
- Utilize Google Docs as a way to offer peer and teacher feedback as students begin writing posts.
- The rubric should not be used as a summative assessment but as a means of helping transform student writing — great place to explore the blogs with potential
- On-going, formative assessment is important throughout the process. Don’t forget the blogging cycle!