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This is a free lesson on how to co-create rubrics with your students.
Co-creating rubrics is when you and your class agree upon what the rubric (assessment tool) for an assignment will look like.
Spending time chatting in your class about rubric criteria can be relatively easy. But, co-creating rubrics well is harder than it looks.
That's because genuinely co-creating something requires collaboration. And, collaboration is not the same as teamwork. Very briefly, when we are working groups, there are three styles:
- Collaboration is when the group works together to create new knowledge. The group has a common goal, but the solution to the problem isn't predetermined.
- Coordination happens when one person is telling other people what to do. The group achieves a common goal because everyone does their part. No new knowledge is created – this is more about execution of a plan. (For example, military or orchestra.)
- Cooperation happens when everyone helps each other out and shares resources but there's no common goal. If anything new is created, it's because of individual effort as opposed to the group working together collaboratively.
Collaboration means a new understanding is developed based on input from everyone. In other words, if the teacher already has the rubric planned out before the collaboration session (co-creating rubrics lesson) starts, then this is most likely an example of coordination.
There are many benefits to co-creating rubrics with your class:
- It's authentic learning because students create something that will actually be used.
- You often get more buy-in from students because they were a part of the process.
- Students get to see you model how to collaborate. (And collaboration is an important 21st-century skill that students need to be competitive in the global economy.)
- Students gain a deeper understanding of what is required in the assessment.
ABOUT this LESSON:
The goal of this lesson is to introduce students and teachers to a collaborative process for co-creating rubrics.
- Although you can co-create rubrics in any subject, we chose to use Character (perseverance, resilience) as the topic to co-create a rubric for.
- Once students get used to the process, it gets easier and quicker.
- Character is important because it’s a universal transferable skill (21st Century Skill / Competency) that can apply to any subject, job, or relationship.
We suggest you do this lesson before you co-create a rubric for your subject material. Students get to learn about CHARACTER as well as how to co-create rubrics (COLLABORATION)
In this TASTE of CHALLENGE: Co-Creating Rubrics package, students work in groups:
- to learn about Character
- to co-create a rubric for assessing Character
NOTE: Answer Key not provided as student answers will vary based on class discussions.
NOTE: This TASTE of CHALLENGE is part of a larger lesson
The slides from this Taste of Challenge are taken from our Chapter 7. lesson package, specifically the following slides:
For more information about this larger lesson on co-creating rubrics with all of the 6 Cs as well as another activity comparing and contrasting the 6 Cs to find similarities and differences, please visit
About the Six Cs of Education / 21st Century Skills
The 6 Cs of Education are a bunch of transferable skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pretty much anywhere.
- Sometimes we call them 21st Century Skills or Global Competencies,
- Sometimes we group concepts into slightly different “C”s
- but it’s all around preparing our students to be successful in the 21st century.
We have a unit called EXPLORING the 6 Cs to help introduce these 6 Cs to their students. All of our lessons come in Powerpoint, Word, and Google Slide format so you can edit and modify to fit your classroom needs:
For information about Growth Mindset and the one phrase teachers should use in the classroom, read .