Teaching Tip: The Warmup Rubric (by Sara Ross)

Sara Ross, and ELA teacher here at Athena High School, employs a wonderful strategy to help focus the first few minutes of class in the right direction.  Here, in her own words, is what the “Warmup Rubric” is all about.

“My idea in creating a warm up rubric is that most management problems happen at the beginning of class, before they are settled, and once settled most students fall in line.  The idea was to set a tone and a clear expectation in the beginning and to make students accountable and aware while providing them with direct and immediate feedback in relation to behavior expectations that are in place to set them up for success. Students score themselves, everyday, as a part of warm up routine and then I give them a score based on my discretion.  I have found they have been incredibly honest and receptive.  Also, this is a great tool when discussing behavior with parents.”

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