Rubric Writing – Using Presentation and Research

This is classified in academics as an accurate assessment tool that is used to measure the work of the students. Rubrics can be holistic or analytic and is a good scoring guide that is used to evaluate the performance of students in different criteria. It is also effective for solving every day problems whether in the classroom or the general public. This method can be traced back to many centuries ago when it was used by scribes working on their manuscripts.

Today, it is an integral part of the teaching and learning process and is works best with involvement of students and teachers. If the students are given presentation rubrics, the teachers should give clear guidelines before the assignment is given so the students will know of the criteria that will be judged. There are numerous content areas in which the rubrics generator can utilized such as science, mathematics, history, languages, writing, music, art, drama and many more.

This is much more than just a checklist with requirements or distributions points, it is a well designed program with clear standards of evaluating performances. The guidelines that are associated with the criteria are usually referring to special task which will describe the level or quality of work to be done with the rubric.

The standard that is used for evaluating the student’s work should be a shared task with the intention of assisting students with the end result in mind. When using rubric writing it should not be used for only performance and evaluation, but when the assigned task is completed; as a reflection and encouragement for the work that was produced.

When grading rubrics writing the marking process can become complicated for some students. They might understand the distinct marks that are given for assignments and they might think the level of work is higher in the areas that they receive lower grades. But this is not understandably as one of the advantages of grading using this method is that it clearly highlights the criteria that must be met to achieve the desired score.

A characteristic of rubric is that it is based on what is learned, it is a true reflection of a tool that is designed to stimulate experiences and real life activities. To put it in simpler terms, this is a scoring guide that makes a distinction between levels of improvement in specific behavior or performance. It is referred to by most persons as the alternative assessment method which differs in parts to the traditional ways. This is because you get a clear insight on how the work is being assessed as it examines the activities that are involved in the learning process.

The rubric generator should be reliable and consistent in scoring in regards to the judging and the time used for evaluating the language used. If the language has to be translated, the judges should be able to distinguish the features for each level of the presentation.

When creating different rubrics writing this can be done on a variety of levels with complexities, but they all contain some common features. These features include measuring behavior, performance or quality; the range that is used to rate the performance and the characteristics that are included in specific performance. These characteristics are in set in levels that would indicate the degree in which the specified standards were met.

Negotiating – Why Am I So Afraid?

Picture the scene: You have a spring in your step as you follow the secretary into the conference room for your 9:00 meeting. You know this is going to be a perfect way to end the week. Today you will walk out with a signed contract worth millions. You are confident that after a few minutes of conversation you will have them eating out of your hands and that they will not only sign the contract, but be grateful that your company is willing to provide them with such an amazing service. Your eyes scan the conference room as you enter. You notice the freshly polished wood of the conference table. You see that the luxurious leather chairs are occupied by serious, well dressed and obviously uptight executives. Your attention is drawn to the huge clock on the wall which says it is 9:10. You are painfully aware that you are both late and under dressed. You thought everyone observed casual Friday. Your palms are sweaty, your ears are ringing and your heart is racing. Then, you wake up.

Do you have an unrealistic fear of negotiating? Most of you don’t negotiate with customers face-to-face and if you do, it’s rarely in a situation like I just described. A customer is calling you. You don’t know when the call will come or exactly what the customer wants to negotiate. You don’t know if the customer will be nice and understanding or if he will sound angry and make unreasonable demands. You need to be prepared for the unknown.

Recently, a customer asked a CSR why she was willing to lower his rate only after he said a competitor gave a better price for service. The response was, “I’m still new at learning how to um to um have people stay with us when people call and cancel. I’m still learning how to keep people with us. And I’m not exactly sure, from my higher ups, how to keep my people. So, I would just like to tell them I’d like to drop your payment so I can keep you with us.” Her statement was very telling. Are you expecting your team to negotiate without providing them a strategy and training? There is something worse than not negotiating at all. It is expecting your team to negotiate without any guidance. Bad deals cut into your profitability.

What you can do right now

• Determine what types of customer calls will involve negotiating for both existing and prospective customers.

• Sit down with your customer service and sales representatives and have them write down what they are afraid a customer will ask.

• Educate them on your bottom line. Your team should understand what is profitable and what is not.

• Give clear guidelines on what the first response should be to someone who is price shopping or wanting to cancel over price. Provide not just the concept, but the right wording to use which helps prevent misinterpretation of your direction.

• Empower your team to negotiate. That means they need to know what they can offer in the form of a free service, discounted rate or incentive.

• They need to know when it is okay to walk away from the negotiation. Be clear on the protocol to escalate to a manager or bring the sales representative into the negotiation.

• Role-play using the questions they fear customers will ask along with specific responses.

Good negotiation isn’t about being tricky, it is all about preparation.

How to Prepare and Practice Your Presentation

Advance preparation and practice are crucial when it comes to delivering a speech, presentation or even your 30 second elevator pitch.

Successful speakers always plan and rehearse their presentations as far ahead of the event as possible. They never leave anything to chance.

Before I discovered the value of preparation and practice I was guilty of

· Thinking I knew the subject so well, I didn’t need much preparation or practice

· Convincing myself that being unprepared meant I would sound more ‘natural’ and spontaneous

· Not getting the results I wanted

After a few presentations I was not happy with, I grudgingly admitted to myself that perhaps my problem was lack of preparation. I thought it was time to give it a go.

Then I fell into another comfort zone – spending so much time preparing, I had no time left for practice. This time I was guilty of

· Preparing and rehearsing the material so much in my head that I had little time left to get it down on paper

· Spending so much time editing the words and sentence structure I had no time to rehearse

· Trying to memorise the words to make up for the lack of rehearsal

Eventually, I had to admit it – the time had come to learn how to prepare and practise properly. I did it by using the old adage, ‘Learn one, teach one.’ I learned from the experts, then I taught other speakers and now I teach my clients how to do it. It’s called The 3 P’s – Prepare, Practise and Present and here it is:

HOW TO PREPARE

1. Research and gather material relevant to your subject.

2. Organise your speech using the method that suits you- spider diagram, mind maps, bullet points. Make sure you cover all the points you want to make.

3. Write your talk out in full on paper or screen with a beginning, middle and end.

4. Edit out superfluous words and phrases, repetition and clumsy phrasing.

5. If you can, record your talk and transcribe it. Then, remove all the spoken fillers such as um, ah, actually, obviously, in point of fact, to be honest – the list is endless.

6. Once you are satisfied that your speech or presentation is as well structured, succinct and as clear as you can make it, you are ready to rehearse.

HOW TO REHEARSE

1. Read your presentation silently to yourself several times. The purpose of rehearsal is to help you internalise your ideas and message rather than learn the words off by heart.

2. Then read your script out loud a few times to hear how it sounds. Make any necessary adjustments to make it flow more smoothly.

3. Next, say it without notes as if you were speaking to a friend. If you can’t explain your subject without notes, go back to reading it aloud until you do know it well enough.

4. Finish each rehearsal completely. If you stumble over your delivery at any stage, keep going until you finish. Mark the spot on your script and when you finish the session, go back and find out why you are stumbling. You may need to change a word or the construction of a sentence. Correct it and begin again.

5. Get feedback from an objective third party or record yourself and watch or listen to the recording. Do you sound natural and relaxed? Is the structure clear? Is it interesting and engaging? Is there anything you can do to make it better?

Having a well prepared speech or presentation not only gives you confidence but it helps steady your nerves and allows you to focus on getting your message across to your audience. It’s not about us, as speakers, giving a wonderful performance. It’s about getting our message across, for the benefit of the audience. Remember the 3 P’s – Prepare, Practise and Present.