Since this classroom blog encompasses a wide range of subject areas and activities the rubrics to assess each area will vary. I plan to assess student progress by their ability to follow the directions outlined at the beginning of each activity. For example, under the history page students are prompted to do the following:
- Post a current event that connects to the content you have learned in your course.
- Write 1-2 paragraphs explaining how this current event connects to the content.
- Remember to include the source of your current event using MLA format.
- Repond to three of your classmates’ posts, each with a one paragraph response.
Therefore, grades will be assigned on how well students meet each of the four points outlined in the directions. This will be true for all graded collaborative assignments including those under English, History, Science, and Art.
Alternately, the posts under math and service learning are intended more as a place for students to help each other gain a deeper understanding of the content. I do not intend to use these areas as a particular graded lesson for the course; however, will assess the effectiveness of these areas based on how often students use them and if they are following the directions for posts and comments.
If I find that students are not posting or commenting according to the directions, I will address that student individually to review the workshop and job aid that were previously provided. In addition, new students enrolling in the program will be provided a copy of the job aid at enrollment to help navigate through the process of signing up, posting, and commenting.