In designing our collaboration rubric, we drew a distinction between individual and group behaviors. While both are important for successful collaboration, distinguishing between the two provides useful guidance for how to support and assess student progress.
The Individual Collaboration Rubric focuses on specific aspects of individual collaboration. The indicators are designed to be simple and accessible to students using the Peer Evaluation Tool as well as instructive to guide group conversations. The number of dimensions (rows) for this rubric makes it unlikely a teacher would use it in its entirety. A teacher might opt to focus on particular rows by project or a school might focus on particular indicators in particular grade levels. Schools may also find opportunities to bring additional collaboration and project management skills to extend this outcome as their students grow as collaborators and we encourage you to do so.
Elementary – 5th Grade Note:
Effective collaboration looks similar at the middle school and elementary level, although the sophistication of the projects and problems addressed will change, as will the sophistication of student roles and tasks. In addition, the 5th grade rubric focuses on a slightly smaller set of dimensions (rows) and indicators (bullets) than the middle school rubric. We encourage elementary users to adjust your focus dimensions by class or grade level if you find that useful and to feel free to supplement with language that works well for your students and context.