What is a rubric and why should I bother to use one?
If learning is a journey, then rubrics are like maps for that journey. We already use many different maps for students: checklists, grading criteria, rating scales, critiques, qualitative rubrics, holistic rubrics, each useful depending on the destination. A checklist is great for basic skills that have yes and no answers and don’t require any indication of where the student is on the yes and no scale. A rating scale collects information on how often something happens (often on a scale of 1-5) but the numbers don’t necessarily have any relative meaning.