Over the past year, I have received several questions about how I score the choice boards I use in my classroom. I decided to go ahead and compile my favorite scoring resources and offer them for free for you to use with any choice boards you have. I have included a variety of different printables that you can choose from.
I always like to give my students specific directions, but I love being able to differentiate those directions. I use a generic directions printable that I can input the number of required choices. This allows me to require more or less of certain students. I also like having the option of requiring a specific task on the choice board (That is typically the only one I score…more about that later). These two different options allow you to have a required task or not, depending on your needs. There is also a due date so you can provide a timeline for your students to complete a specific choice board.
When the students have completed the work, I like for them to self assess themselves before turning it into me. I have included two different self assessment printables for your students to use: a rubric and a questionnaire. Use one or the other or use both.
The rubric requires the students to “score” themselve on specific categories. They highlight, color, or circle the descriptor that matches their work.
The questionnaire offers a different self assessment. The students answer questions about their work or their choices.
Once the students have self assessed and turned in their work, now comes the tricky part. What do you grade? Do you grade all of the tasks? I don’t. Remember when I mentioned having a required task above. That is the task I would score. However, you can use the rubric to generally assess the quality of the work in addition to providing a detailed scoring for the required task. If you don’t want to use a required task, you can spot assess one of the tasks. The first three descriptors on the rubric assess the overall quality of the work. The last two assess the specific task you choose to score.
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