Teachers assess students in a variety of ways. One of the staples of the teacher toolbox is the good old rubric. Rubrics are simply a set of criteria that contains levels of performance quality on those criteria we set for our students. You may use a rubric to observe a student in the process of doing something or you may be observing a product they have created. Below is a list of the ways teachers can use a rubric.
Student observations we could assess with a rubric could be their physical skills, work ethic, oral communication, or the use of different types of equipment. Specific examples could be playing an instrument, executing a lift in the weight room. delivering a speech, working alone or in a group, reading a book aloud in a foreign language, or performing tasks in a science lab.
Student products we could assess with a rubric could be a written essay or report, a constructed object, or any other products that demonstrate the understanding of concepts we teach. Specific examples could be making a wooden birdhouse, a handmade dress, written analysis of the 2nd amendment, pencil drawing, model of a plant cell, or a set of different types of welds.
Every discipline and department in a school can effectively use rubrics to assess students. Rubrics can take on many forms, but rarely do we think of using them in an electronic format. I want to introduce you to Orange Slice. Orange Slice is an add-on you can use to create a rubric template when using Google Docs. Once you have created your template in a Google Doc, you can copy and paste it into any assignment you have created for your students using Google Docs. This assignment could easily be loaded on to Google Classroom (you do not have to be using Google Classroom to use Orange Slice) where you can easily assess the student work on the electronic rubric with a few clicks.
Below are some screenshots to get you started using Orange Slice.
Step 1- Open up a new Google Doc.
Step 2- Search for Orange Slice: Teacher Rubric
Step 3- Access Orange Slice
Step 4- Select Performance Level Progression
** Your performance levels will appear along the top of your rubric. Choose either ascending (highest to lowest, from left to right) or descending (lowest to highest, from left to right).
Step 5- Select Performance Levels
** You can choose some of the pre-set options they have, or select “I will create my own” If you select the I will create my own option, you can copy and paste from a previously made rubric into the table that will be created.
Step 6- Select Categories
** There are some pre-set categories to choose from or choose “I got this one” to create your own categories. If you select the I got this one option, you can copy and paste from a previously made rubric into the table that will be created.
Step 7- Customize your Rubric
Step 8- Settings
Step 9- Performance Points/Weighted Scoring
** Fill in the boxes to have your performance points show up on the top of your rubric.
Step 10- Optional Grade Adjustments
Orange Slice is a nice option to use to streamline your grading rubrics in an online format.