ACS Learning Communities Rubric for Evaluating Class Participation

July 31, 2008

  Strong Work 1 Needs Development Unsatisfactory
Listening Actively and respectfully
listens to peers and instructor
Sometimes displays lack of interest
in comments of others
Projects lack of interest or
disrespect for others
Preparation Arrives fully prepared with all assignments completed, and notes on reading, observations, questions Sometimes arrives unprepared or with only superficial preparation Exhibits little evidence of having read or thought about assigned material
Quality of contributions Comments are relevant and reflect understanding of: assigned text(s); previous remarks of other students; and insights about assigned material Comments sometimes irrelevant, betray lack of preparation, or indicate lack of attention to previous remarks of other students Comments reflect little understanding of either the assignment or previous remarks in seminar
Impact on seminar Comments frequently help move seminar conversation forward Comments sometimes advance the conversation, but sometimes do little to move it forward Comments do not advance the conversation or are actively harmful to it
Frequency of participation Actively participates at appropriate times Sometimes participates but at other times is “tuned out” Seldom participates and is generally not engaged

1 Class participation deserving of an A grade will be strong in most categories; Participation that is strong in some categories but needs development in others will receive a B; a grade of C reflects a need for development in most categories; D work is typically unsatisfactory in several categories; and F work, unsatisfactory in nearly all.