Book Club, Stage 3: Conceptual Understanding

The promise of rubrics

How do you assess deep thinking? Conceptual understanding? A descriptive and clear rubric can transform learning by providing the learners with clear feedback about where they fall within a spectrum. And it serves as an important guide for scoring student work.

Here’s a sample rubric we’ve used to assess students’ metacognition:


What about adults who are improving in their craft?

Transitioning to Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction provides powerful rubrics for developing adults to be better lesson planners and instructors in a concept-based model.

At the Master level:

  • “The lesson shows a deliberate effort to use questions to help students bridge from the factual to the conceptual level of understanding
  • The learning experiences are deliberately designed to enhance the transfer of learning across other disciplines and situations
  • The lesson design is primarily inductive, requiring students to engage in a multifacted inquiry process and to reflect on the connections across the examples presented so that students can formulate and defend their generalizations.”

This rubric gives us a clear idea of how to move from a novice to a master teacher!


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