Substitute teaching last month was such a rich experience!
At one point, I found myself suddenly needing to explain what a rubric was to an advanced EAP reading class.
I think that overall, rubrics are intimidating and ugly. I have yet to see a warm, fuzzy grading rubric, and if one ever did come into existence, I doubt that it would manage to be warm, fuzzy, and useful.
Coming from my experience of needing to talk students down from the edge of panic after receiving rubrics in other classes, I decided I needed to try to sell rubrics.
These were the two points I made on the fly:
Teachers want to grade fairly.
We want to be consistent from student to student and hold everyone to the same standards.
We also want to be clear to students what those standards are. This way they don’t need to guess what will earn them a good grade.
The rubric is your friend.
Use the rubric. It is a guide that tells you how to get a good grade.
Compare your work to what the rubric asks for. Do you have all the requirements? Make sure they match.
What would you add?