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Checklists & Rubrics


Checklists and rubrics help students develop their abilities to self-assess and revise their writing. By listing learning targets and criteria, checklists and rubrics help students understand what is expected so they can monitor their work, enhancing Metacognition.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how this school integrates rubrics and checklists. They use these tools to set clear criteria for self-assessments so students can take charge of revising, thus increasing Motivation and fostering a growth mindset. At 2:28, watch how students use colored pencils to identify evidence for having met the criteria, make comments, then revise their work, encouraging independent learning.

  • By providing a rubric that describes what excellent work looks like, teachers can help students understand the quality of work expected of them then encourage them to actively take responsibility for improving their work by self-evaluating and evaluating their peers' writing. Teachers can also involve students in creating rubrics, increasing their awareness of the applicable Genre Knowledge and their Motivation.
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    From 3:04, watch how Goobric, a Google Chrome extension, allows for rubrics to be set for students' self- and peer- assessment. By setting a clear rubric for students to assess their own and their peers' work, Goobric promotes Metacognition to help learners better understand what is expected of them.

  • Developers can integrate rubrics and checklists as guidelines for online community discussions, promoting Inhibition & Self-regulation during collaboration. They can also provide tools for learners to develop their own rubrics and to make comments tracing their own progress in their work.
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