Differentiated Assessment

For MAT 674, we were asked to make a rubric that focuses on the different learning styles. I decided to draw mine out. Now it is very general and the majority is blank. Now there is purpose for this.

I wanted this rubric to be open to all classes, grades, and activities that might merge more than one classroom together. Let me remind you all that I still have no experience in the classroom, so most of these posts about class room life and being the head of a class is still from my lack of experience.

Back to the rubric. I decided to split up my requirements into five different categories. These five categories are important to remember throughout the course of any student’s education. For experimentation, some students do not know their best learning style or have not explored beyond the typical lecture style. This is where I want to see my students explore new avenues. Maybe they find their learning style, but also find the learning style that makes them a better teacher. This category can be flexible for solitary or social learners. This is also an opportunity for students to decide which style they would prefer to use in this assignment and/or project.

Quality of work is the amount of effort each student puts into the project and/or assignment. For social learners, each person does a group evaluation and self evaluation. Where can each of them work harder? Where are their strengths?

Planning for activity works hand in hand with quality of work. For this requirement, edits, rough drafts, self evaluations, group evaluations, etc., these are all ways for the students to show me they are focused on the process, rather than the end product.

Accuracy of activity deals with the understanding of the initial assignment. Did the teachings about the lesson, reading, or activity come across in this project or assignment? Is there proper integration of what I could teach them and their discoveries as students?

Explanation of learning style used [Effectiveness] is a reminder of what style the student(s) wanted to use for this particular assignment. Did they use a different style before? Did they improve? They they learn more about the subject compared to a different style they would have used?

This rubric can be used to see the growth of the student and risk taking they need in certain areas of study. I am particularly fond of the experimentation aspect of the rubric, because I like to see students constantly growing and finding methods that mesh to their uniqueness.

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