Speaking & Listening Rubrics for the Classroom

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out why speaking and listening rubrics are important tools for the classroom. Discover how to find or design these rubrics and work on understanding how they can be used.

Uses for Speaking and Listening Rubrics

Speaking and listening may not be the first classroom activities that spring to mind when considering the use of rubrics. However, rubrics will allow you to communicate your expectations to your students, as well as provide you with a standardized grading method. They can be especially useful in classes that include speeches, but any classroom that has classroom discussions could benefit from the use of these rubrics.

These rubrics can be designed to grade across a wide range of skills, depending on the grade-level of your class. Perhaps you want to grade their energy, pacing or eye-contact while they give a speech in front of the class or how well your students pay attention and contribute to group conversations. All of this raises the question: Which rubric should you use?

Pre-Made Rubrics

A quick web search will provide you with lots of options for speaking and listening rubrics. Sites like Study.com offer options designed by other teachers on a variety of topics. To help you evaluate which ones will be a good choice for your classroom, take a look at this lesson on the qualities of good assessments.

Teacher Created Rubrics

Of course, you also have the option to design your own rubric for classroom use. This choice allows you to personalize a rubric that perfectly fits the needs of your class. Programs like Microsoft Word or Excel can provide you with the basic tools you need to design this rubric. Examine some of the online examples of pre-existing rubrics for ideas on how to craft yours.

You can increase your confidence in creating these instructional tools with the lesson on How to Use Rubrics for Literacy Instruction, which provides you with some best practices for the use of rubrics. Finally, you can make sure you understand the uses of rubrics by working on the lesson What Is a Grading Rubric?

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