Today we discussed the importance of taking full advantage of one's resources when working on a project for which the grading tool (rubric) has been shared ahead of time. On the recent History-English textbook page research project students were given the rubric for both classes at the start of the project. Class time was provided in both English and History, as well as library, for the research and writing. Almost all students finished their projects with ample time to spare - but not all students utilized this extra time effectively. Many were unable to earn credit for portions of the assignment related to editing, mechanics and grammar. Few students took time to revise their work before submitting it. Also, few students used the rubric to make sure they had incorporated all required elements. In class today, we discussed how students might better take advantage of resources - rubrics, time, their teachers - to improve their finished products in the future.
We will be completing a second, similar project at the end of the term, so students will have an opportunity to apply lessons learned from this first project.