As a middle school teacher, rubrics are a daily part of my life. I write them, I share them, and I guide students to them. What I don’t do is print them and pass them out.
I found that when I gave paper rubrics that they tended to stay firmly on the desk- even when the students walked away. I’ve discovered a better way to send the rubrics with the students. It’s called iRubric. iRubric is a rubric building site that allows you to build your own rubric, start with someone else’s and customize it to your needs, and/or share your rubric with others. The site allows you to link to your rubric or embed it in your website. You can assess work individually or collaboratively – allowing your students to assess each’s others progress or finished projects.
Best of all- it’s free!
No need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to rubrics. The site is searchable by content area, grade level, and type of project. I tried a sample search for an oral presentation rubric and got 2,255 rubrics to choose from. I’m thinking one of them will be close to what I’m looking for!