I have mixed feelings about rubrics.
- They delineate what is poor, fair, good, and great by giving (somewhat) objective standards.
- They can help clarify student thinking and guide student work if you share the rubric with the students in advance. (Hint: you should)
- They are efficient and easy to use.
- There is such a thing as rubricitis. If not careful, we can splinter instruction into too many pieces.
- Customarily, a rubric breaks the learning down into co-equal pieces. Thus in a project, content and neatness may get the same score. Understanding of content should always be the primary focus. This is easily fixed by weighting each section of the rubric differently.
Single point rubrics.
I've come to appreciate single point rubrics. One doesn't have to get as "granular". And it leaves space for real teacher feedback. Below is one I made last year for a podcast project.