Training middle schoolers to “do” CI is hard. They’re sooooo bouncy and excited, which is GREAT for having an interesting stream of conversation and story ideas, but it also creates a challenge when asking them to look and listen without shouting out!!! Last year, I started using a daily rubric to help them learn the behaviors I was looking for found here: participation rubric (ideas for and adaptations of this rubric by Jen Schongalla, Lauren Tauchman, & Bryce Hedstrom).
After using the rubric linked above for a year, I decided to make my own version of it by adding the specifics that pertain to my classroom (I don’t have desks, so I took that word out, I have class cubbies, so students are prepared simply by being here, I wanted to give an extra point for raised hand participation, I added a definition of Interpersonal Communication, etc.). Here’s the version I’m going to start using tomorrow:
There are many different participation rubrics floating around (in fact I blogged about the one I used to use 2 years ago!), but, the perk of this rubric is that I pass it out and collect it daily!!! (As the year goes by, I don’t use it every single day–more as needed.) What I love about using a daily rubric is that student reflect IMMEDIATELY on their participation, communication, contributions, and behavior in class. I also regularly ask students to pull it out throughout class, not just at the end, so that they can take a moment to reflect and/or set a goal. Another perk is that I use the blank back side for my EXIT QUIZ!!!!!!! Depending on how grading works at your school, you’ll have to make it work for you. For me, it’s mostly a tool, but does help to inform my weekly communication grades. I hope you can use the version on Bryce’s site, my version, or make a copy of mine and create your own!!! Happy September!!!