So... How do you grade writing???

Jul 30, 2012

So, in my book, the following was written and it made me want to sing,
 "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...". 

 Rubrics should not be used for grading or evaluating... WHAT, WHAT????? It says a rubrics strength lies in the ability to inform your instruction. (agreed)  Last year (and just about every year) we've used rubrics for our firsties. My fellow curious teacher, Karen, is really good genius when it comes to making rubrics.  These help us understand our firsties writing and gives them a concrete checklist to be sure they have everything like caps., punc., sounds right, looks right, etc.  We also used those rubrics to help us grade our firsties.  Do you???

What are you thinking????  How do you use rubrics in your classroom? 

Also, I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around everyone possibly working on different writing pieces all at different times.  I know I will *require* my kids to complete certain pieces, but does that go against Writing Workshop????  If I knew how, maybe I would hold a writing workshop linky party.  Maybe after everyone has settled into school.  :)

So now.. my second linky.....    at Grade Three is the Place for Me

1. what state you are in
2. your current teaching position
3. your teaching experience
4. when you started blogging
5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource
Here are my answers.....
1.  OHIO
2.  First Grade~  writing, interactive read alouds and a little SS and Science to all our Firsties
3.  I will be starting my 14th year of teaching.  (SERIOUSLY???)
4.  I just started blogging at the END of June.  I am in this with my teaching partners as well.  :)
5.  hmmm.... put your blog address on all your comments!  It has gotten us a few looks from new friends.  :)
All you have to do is LINK UP now!


  1. Hi Maria,

    I think a blog hop about writing workshop is a great idea, especially as many of us are thinking about what WWS willlook like when school starts (in Sept for us). I have a k/1 this year and know that I will have to make some changes to my time frames to accomadate my new ones.

    Liz :)

  2. hello,
    I found you through the Newbie Blog hop and I love your award. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Please visit my blog to accept.
    Fashionably in First Grade

  3. I found you through the 'Jitters' blog hop. I too am a new first grade blogger!

  4. Hi,
    I’m your newest follower! I am a Newbie Blogger, so I appreciate all of the sharing of advice and ideas. Come on over for a visit sometime. Thanks!
    Corinna :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!


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