Monday, June 7, 2010
Rubrics - the predetermined space
When school becomes more about following instructions and less about intellectual discovery, kids feel like this little girl on the bike.
Rubrics do this too.
We may like how rubrics provide students with such a clear and concise vision for what we expect, but it is rather ironic that their strength is also their weakness.
The dangerous thing about taping a square on the floor, providing students with a detailed rubric or giving explicit instructions is the kids might actually only do what they are told and simply follow what we ask them to do.
Do you create or remove predetermined spaces?