One-Point Rubrics to the Rescue!

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Melissa Fierro  
The most difficult part of project-based learning is developing a rubric that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out when using it. One-Point Rubrics reduce stress for all stakeholders! This session will show you how to create one and how to use it. Tool focus: Google Classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We will be discussing one-point rubrics,why to use them and how to create them. We will focus on one particular rubric tool, the Rubrics feature built in to Google Classroom. In that vein, a Google Classroom account may be needed, but not essential.

We will also look at how to use Google Sheets to create these rubrics, which can be duplicated in Microsoft Excel.

Topic: Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that accommodate learner needs, provide timely feedback to students and inform instruction.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: For those in attendance to see the joy and ease of one point rubrics for grading all things, not just projects.

1. For participants to understand the purpose of one point rubrics.
2. For participants to know how to create a one point rubric using a spreadsheet and/or Google Classroom Rubric maker
3. For participants to understand and be able to grade using a one point rubric.

Evidence of Success: Participants able to create and utilize one point rubrics. The smiles of joy at feeling the stress of grading projects and learning artifacts disappate as they learn the joy of one point rubrics.


Welcome: (10 minutes) Will introduce myself and have participants join a Google Classroom with their personal accounts. There will be a welcoming assignment that we will need for later!
Why rubrics: (15 minutes) Will look at the history of rubrics, from those large nasty behemoths of yesteryear to streamlined one-point rubrics, will have teachers talk with a nearby person about a rubric that they have either used or been subjected to in the past.
Creation: (30 minutes) How to create and grade with a one point rubric, with a focus on Google Classroom's rubric tool and Google Sheets
Questions: (5 minutes) Time for questions!

Supporting research


Cult of Pedagogy:

Single Point Rubric: A Tool for Responsible Student Self-Assessment:




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Melissa Fierro, Kankakee School District 111
ISTE Certified Educator

Technology Integration Specialist for Kankakee School District 111 in Kankakee, IL. ISTE Certified

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