A rubric is simply a guide that describes how something is to be done. Pamela Keller, who chairs the Art Department for Athens State University, uses rubrics with her classes. The class meets together and works with her to develop the rubric (or guidelines) by which a particular art assignment will be graded. The rubric, and the discussion in formulating it, is both a learning experience for the student plus a helpful guide for the instructor. Pamela is going to work with us to develop such a tool for our competition at the end of February, and then she will use that guide in judging the competition. This should make the judging both less subjective and perhaps also more meaningful to us. It should be a most helpful learning experience.

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