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A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric

100_1884Sometimes 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.

Monday's News & Announcements Chart
Monday's News & Announcements Chart

Tuesday's News & Announcements Chart
Tuesday's News & Announcements Chart

Here's what the numerical indicators mean.
Here's what the numerical indicators mean.
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.

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

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