The answer is…carefully! When using a four-point rubric, such as the one below, a score of three is typically a score that shows students are achieving at an acceptable level. After all, it is the second highest point value on the rubric. Teachers who need to use letter grades are in a bind. Often the easiest way is to take the score earned on the rubric and turn it into a percentage. Mathematically this is accomplished by dividing the points earned by the number of points possible. This method alone will not give an accurate picture of student achievement. When earning three points on a four-point rubric, a student has performed well. Three out of four points mathematically, though, is only a score of 75 percent. In many grading systems, the student is now left with an undeserved D.
I am only at Tip #2 and can already feel my “inner writer” coming back to life. I’ve been torturing myself for so long — many new ideas and perspectives to share and nothing but dread at the thought of the actual writing. I was always such a “good student”, and by the time I finished grad school I no longer enjoyed either reading or writing. Pretty sad statement, even sadder that the ill effects have lasted three decades.
The only writing advice I’ve read so far basically boils down to: it’s work, you just have to do it, set aside a specific time and force yourself…. all about as appealing as my mother’s shoe leather lamb chops. I can’t thank you enough for your approach. I think it’s going to work for me, and just know I am immensely grateful beyond what words can express. Yes!