Thursday, June 14, 2012

Visual Writing Rubric {INSPIRED}


  • I used to have an exemplar journal entry hanging in my room, but took it down because it wasn’t being used.  I feel optimistic about this one.
  • I think rubrics are a developmental thing and not all kids are ready to use them effectively in 3rd grade. 
  • I feel that having 4 samples to compare their work to will make them much more accountable. 
  • It’s visual. I will be able to say, “which sample does your writing most look like and why?” and ALL students can verbally respond to that. I don’t feel the same is true for a text-only rubric.
  • I’m excited about how this will work in conjunction with Zoo Keeper’s Writing Goals Chart which I featured yesterday.

I’ve been working hard to complete my classroom makeover for the 2012-2013 school year so that I may provide you with a summer full of tips and ideas for setting up your own classrooms. To kick off my second annual summer-long, daily series on setting up, organizing, and managing your classroom I am running a miniseries titled, “INSPIRED” and will feature a photo that brought inspiration to my very own classroom makeover. I'll be posting my version of these inspired pics when I reveal my classroom. Follow my blog or Facebook page so you don't miss the updates.
Be sure to check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom as well as my Classroom Themes Page for tons of tips and ideas. 

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  1. Okay, now this is exactly what I need to make for my classroom. Thank you SO much for sharing this! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I can't wait til the reveal. The suspense is killing me.

    Miss Nelson's blog

  3. You are absolutely right! The kids will take ownership of their writing. I love this and can't wait to make this for my room.

    Im your newest follower!

    Sweet Seconds

  4. I've pinned this too!! :) Can't wait to see it in your room!

    The Learning Tree

  5. What an excellent idea. It too has inspired me!
    I hope you don't mind if I link back to your post. I want to remember it so I can use this idea in the fall.
    Thank you.
    Amy K.

  6. You are such an inspiration! I can hardly wait!!!!

  7. I love this idea. I will definitely be using it in my classroom in the fall. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait until the big reveal!

    Kimberly C.

  8. I love your website. I can't wait until your big reveal. Once I find what grade I'm teaching, I'm so going to beg, buy and brainstrom with the help of your ideas.


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