Having a clear rubric also helps communicate to students

exactly how they'll be evaluated and what is expected of them.

That leads to another important tip.

Once you have worked the small errors out of an assessment, the kinks, so

to speak, save some of your students' work to give an example of each level.

It is appropriate to ask students before you use their work as an example, and

you should remove students' names or

other personal information to protect their privacy.

But having examples of what each level looks like

makes it very easy to show students exactly what you want them to do.

Model, always model.

Once students are clear on what the rubric means and

how to use it, you might even have students provide feedback to their

classmates using the rubric, taking some of the time burden off of you as

the teacher while still providing valuable feedback to students on their work.

This is called peer review or peer assessment.

And boy, can it save me time.