This feature is a standard rubric which serves as a guideline for writing notes for students, and also as an evaluating standard for the teacher. As students work through this project, they make notes about what they learn. The evaluation standards table contains guidelines for them to use when they write their notes and also presents to them the standards that their teacher may use to evaluate their work.
The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
The Standards table can help learners in two aspects. First, it provides very clear guidelines which help them understand exactly what they need to do, and how to do it. Second, it explains how the teacher will evaluate their work. Educating students as to what is expected from their work will help them to improve it.
Context of Use:
This feature is part of a TELS project called Rock cycle (#15815). Teachers can use this to encourage good scientific writing skills for their students. Future versions can allow teachers to easily customize the rubric to align with their classroom grading standards. In this manner they can emphasize the writing skills that they deem most important for a good response or explanation.
This feature is often glossed over or skipped during project instruction. Based on this observation, Teachers commented that they did not like the language used or that it did not align with their grading standards. This step has been deleted from the current version of the project. Students were often confused by it. Updating the feature to allow easy teacher customizations could make it more useful.