Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right. Well, I’m preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my students, during Writing Workshop, to create a new notebook rubric. (I’ve been using one that is slightly adapted from Buckner’s Book since 2006.)
In “Assessing with Heart,” Spandel (2006, 14) asserts we must work with children to develop rubrics and checklists, rather than for the students we teach, since the act of putting it all together with our students is more meaningful.
It’s hard to plan ahead for something you know you’re going to let the students form. However, I placed a notice on Monday and Tuesday’s Morning Meeting Charts. I also put together a guide to what a 4, 3, 2, and a 1 means. Finally, I created a chart that explains what I think makes a good piece of notebook writing.
It should be interesting to see what transpires over the course of the next two days in my class’s Writing Workshop.
More info on the citation above:
Spandel, V. (2006) Assessing with heart: Commentary that is honest and compassionate helps student writers develop. JSD. 27, 14-18.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).