If we want students to behave appropriately and work appropriately in our classes, we have to emphasize the desirable behaviors in our classes. This Class Participation rubric can be modified for all courses in grades 7 through college. The rubric is passed out at the beginning of the grading period when the teacher explains how students will be given a class participation grade. At the end of the grading period, students rate themselves individually, write an explanation to justify why they believe they deserve the grade they list, and then the teacher reads their explanation and assigns the final grade. The handout also includes specific directions for how teachers can use the rubric to improve student behavior and work habits. My students' classroom performance improved tremendously after I started using the attached rubric.