Making the Grade! Poster

Hi! I'm joining up with my friend Tara for her famous linky...
Ok, so I don't have a ton of things made (have you seen how many amazing things Tara can crank out?!) but I do have something new that I would like to share with you!

I've been working on having (sounds awkward, too tired to edit) more rubrics and examples of work displayed on our bulletin board. My students have rubrics in their binders...but I really think they are more powerful when displayed in a place where we can reference them frequently. 

So I've started with a little Making the Grade sign for this area, our district's grading scale, and grading codes that correlate directly to our report cards (I'm using these codes on my students' papers...for instance Reader's Responses get both a reading grade and a writing grade and are coded R and W...not my original idea, I learned about it online at a wonderful blog I cannot find again!).
I'm going to add work samples next, such as a math homework paper filled out completely, displaying all calculations and work. 

It's one of those things I feel like I should have done a long time ago, but I just never thought of having it on display!

So, I do have the sign to share, in case you'd like to use it for your own bulletin board. Just click on the image below to download...
Do you keep a display like this? Or do you have a different way of sharing rubrics and grading with your students?


  1. Love this idea Kristen! We don't have to post our grading scales (probably because I teach at a primary school) but I think this would work for kids who have mastered their math facts or got a 100 on a test. Thanks so much!

    Swimming into Second

  2. I love your sign, thanks for sharing!! I think I could use it for K, we're working on counting to 100, etc.

    The Daily Alphabet

  3. I have been dying for some cute rubrics for independent reading and writing and for reading and math workshop. I'd love something like this to put up in a nice inobtrusive way - if you ever feel like sharing your file of the rubric, I would love it.

  4. I love the sign, Kristen! This is such a smart idea, too :)

  5. You are amazingly great at making things POP right out and grab us! I LOVE this!

  6. Another adorable sign!! I second what Reagan said!! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  7. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. Hmmmm, I started using rubrics with my 2nd/3rd grade group this year. I hadn't displays them but you've inspired me to. I'll give it a try. :) How can I resist a cute sign?

  9. Cute, crisp, organized, and fun! All you!!! Thanks for linking up:) Love it:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  10. Do you have the grading scale available as an editable download? My room is decked out in your stuff and I am always trying to "match" EVERYTHING to it! :)


  11. You must be part photographer because your photos always look amazing! (Unlike my shaky blurry shots...). Maybe you'll give us lessons on that too? ;O) Just kidding!! But I do love your photos!! :O)

    Collaboration Cuties

  12. Love it! I have been on a kick in my classroom about what quality work looks like... nothing better than posting examples of it around the room. Reading this post made me hit my head and say "duh" :) Thanks for all your wonderful work... I'll be making this board this week as well :)


  13. If you have any updated photos, I'd love to see them! I am definitely implementing a board like this for the current school year. :)

    Love. Learn. Teach.

  14. What type of quality did you label the "D" work on your "Making the Grade" grading scale? I am making my own, but the blog label is covering the "D" portion of the grading scale. Thanks for all of your great resources!!


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