I will be the first to admit when success criteria became popular, I did not understand why we needed this as we had rubrics. I kept saying “this is just fad it to shall pass.” How naive I was!
Now, I actually really enjoy using a mixture of both teacher created success criteria and co-created success criteria (teacher/student brainstorm together) depending on the topic etc.
Here are five reasons why I use success criteria in my daily teaching practise.
- It gives students a sense of ownership and control over their learning and assessment if you co-create and use it to assess their work.
- It clearly outlines the difference between an A and a B or Level 4 and 3.
- It helps students understand an assignment and think through the expectations before they start to create something. I feel awful when students bring me an incorrect assignment because they have not read the assignment sheet, success criteria or rubric correctly.
- It is written in student and parent friendly language. No more teacher jargon filled rubrics (I still use rubrics, but in combination with success criteria or I make my success criteria into rubrics).
- Success criteria can be written up in a large format on chart paper, which makes it easy for students to read and reference during their assignment creation process. Could you image writing a rubric up on chart paper? My printing is just not that neat!
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