Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas and A Rubric

It's the beginning of the month and you know what that means...a Currently from Farley

But I don't have one for you today. Maybe tomorrow.

Today was amazing and I want to tell about it.

My school is in a little town and that little town puts up a big Christmas tree in the town square every year. Our school children bring ornaments to hang on the tree.

Today was the day. We hung the ornaments (in the cold morning sunshine). Then we sang three carols around the tree. All the kids and teachers. 170 and 25. It was nice.

We were also honored that Santa was a sub in our building today.

After the tree, we headed back to school where the PTO had hot cocoa for us to drink.

Don't they look like they are having fun? We did.

The next cool thing happened just before lunch.

We started the process of understanding rubrics. Last week I read Kimberley's blog post about unpacking rubrics and got inspired to do a similar lesson with my kids.

It was magic! Each table group had four pictures to order from least detailed to most detailed. I loved hearing the conversations as the kids worked through their task.

In the end we posted the pictures, and they had time to draw a picture that would be a four on the rubric.

That was the quietest the class was all day!

I can't wait to to practice this more, and then do a similar lesson with writing.

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  1. Well fancy that! Here I am checking in on some of my favorite bloggers and I come across my very own name! Love that it worked out just as well for you as it did for me. I'd do it again just the same way next year. The kids really understand it so well and use it. I did it with informational writing as well and it went even better because they had the experience of the drawing rubric first. Thanks for the shout out!


  2. I'm so glad I was catching up on some posts I had missed! I love this idea! I will definitely be trying it out.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. I had seen that unpacking rubrics post - and forgotten. Thanks for the reminder. Good idea!


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