Behavior Rubric Examples

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out about behavior rubric examples and a basic design that can be used for various grade levels. Learn about the important components of these rubrics and how they can help in your classroom.

What Are Behavior Rubrics?

Behavior rubrics give you the chance to easily communicate your expectations about student behavior to your classroom. Depending on the subject you teach and the grade level of your students, these rubrics could be very simple or quite advanced. No matter how you use them, these classroom tools can help improve the learning environment in your classroom.

Basic Rubric Design

The simplest rubric design is a grid, but sometimes simple is best. Using computer software, you can easily list the behavior categories you intend to grade down one side of the rubric, and the scale you're using to grade these categories along the top. Fill in the other spaces on the grid with explanations of what you expect for each score.

This gives you a workable outline. But how do you personalize this rubric for your class? Well, that depends on your students.

Behavior Rubrics for Elementary School

In this age group, you most likely don't want to hand out a rubric that is too advanced. Often a simple chart with only four or five options for grading a student's daily behavior works well. You can use bold colors to indicate each behavior level, such as green for good behavior and red for bad, with yellow and orange in between. A brief description of the behavior associated with each color can help your student's parents understand how their children are doing in class.

You can send these rubrics home every day to keep students and parents in the loop. Printing copies of these rubrics can get cumbersome, however. If you include a key at the beginning of the year to explain how you will grade behavior, you can easily include a color grade in a child's take-home notebook, allowing you to keep track of their behavior easily throughout the year.

Behavior Rubrics for Middle School

As children move into middle school, more is expected of their behavior, and your rubrics should reflect that. You can move away from bright colors and simple decisions about whether their behavior for the day was simply good or bad.

In this age group, your rubric can cover student actions related to attendance, class engagement, listening skills, behavior and preparation. Depending on the individual needs of your class, you might want to include other areas to grade, or remove some of these categories. Grading each category on a scale of one to four can allow you to really specify what you expect from your students. As with elementary students, these rubrics can be sent home every day, perhaps along with homework.

Behavior Rubrics for High School

High school students require behavior rubrics that reflect their growing knowledge and social responsibilities. Behavior categories can be further refined, allowing you to grade students on their attitude, organization, respect, initiative, attention and more. While expanding the categories may be necessary for your classroom, sticking with a scale system of one to four can keep your rubric from getting unwieldy. Rubrics can be sent home with students or use them to provide parents with a weekly report.

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