One way to promote engagement in a universally designed classroom is to work with students to co-construct criteria.
Involving students in the creation of rubrics has many benefits:
- Increasing the frequency of feedback - by creating more opportunities for peer and self-assessment, in addition to teacher-evaluations of work, students will be given meaningful
Devoting the time to co-construct criteria has a positive impact on student engagement and achievement. Involving students in setting criteria, and using peer and self-assessment is also a better practice that is used in universally designed classrooms.
How to get started:
• Create a rubric together. Record it on chart paper or on the SMART board. Put it on display and/or print it out so that students can use it as a reference.