2 points – link, thoughtful response
1 point – link, poor response OR thoughtful response and no link
0 points – no post
30 points - Explanation shows evidence of thought . Grammar and spelling mistakes are minimal. Links all work.
25 points – Elements are all there, but one of them is weak.
20 points – Lacks one of the elements required for 30 points.
15 points – One element is missing and one element is weak.
10 points – Lacks two of the elements required for 30 points.
5 points - Two elements are missing and the other one is weak.
The "Best Posts" post is intended to help them make some sense of tying it all together. Also, I wanted to make blogging valuable enough grade-wise that they would be "inspired" to do it.
I am also giving extra credit for responding to comments on their blogs. I wold like to give credit for commenting on blogs of others outside our class, but I am not sure how to do that. Guess I will leave it for another time. If I actually get this going the way I want it to go, I will be real happy!
The Best Posts idea is one I got from Dennis Jerz . I commented on his rubric a couple years ago and revisited it yesterday. I wrote about it back in 2005. At the time I thought the rubric was too specific, but I have come to see that my students want to know exactly what I am looking for - specially in an online environment where they are not as sure of themselves yet.
I'm excited! Now if I can only get my students excited about it!
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