We’re All Over This Cupcake Rubric


Once I first began instructing in 2003, my district was simply beginning to use standards-based grading. It was nearly as new to me because it was to my college students, and I believe all of us appreciated the “hamburger” mannequin (to not be confused with the “hamburger essay”). It was a fantastic visible means for us all to grasp what we meant by a 1, 2, 3, or 4. So I used to be delighted once I noticed the cupcake rubric, a “sweeter” model of my very own beloved hamburger rubric. It’s not new, but it surely’s making the rounds, and also you’re going to need to test it out.

What are the degrees on the cupcake rubric?

Plain cupcake with text 'I didn't do what I had to be done and that is why I earned a Level 1'

Picture Supply: The Eager Teacher

I’ve seen the cupcake rubric with 4 and 5 ranges. I’ll be masking the four-level model, however you’ll be able to take a look at this five-level editable template from Nicole Pate on Canva if 5 is extra your jam. Listed below are some alternative ways to explain every stage (I additionally love Sarah at The Eager Teacher’s rhymes):

Stage Requirements-Based mostly Language Child-Pleasant Language Cupcake Analogy
1 Doesn’t meet commonplace Oops! Cupcake liner solely
2 Approaching commonplace Virtually! Cupcake liner and cake
3 Meets commonplace Sure! Cupcake liner, cake, and frosting
4 Exceeds commonplace Wow! Cupcake liner, cake, frosting, and sprinkles

How do I exploit the cupcake rubric?

I used my hamburger rubric with fourth graders, and I believe the cupcake rubric additionally works properly with elementary college students. However I’m undoubtedly seeing center college lecturers use it efficiently too. It additionally actually works for any topic space. You might use it to attain studying responses (see picture beneath), writing assignments, oral shows, reviews—the choices are infinite.

Sample cupcake rubric for reading responses

Picture supply: Creating Thinkers with Mrs. Patton

For extra difficult initiatives, you’ll need to add efficiency attributes. In all circumstances, you’ll want efficiency descriptors so it’s actually clear to college students what they should do with a purpose to show a sure stage of proficiency. Take a look at the editable templates from Creating Thinkers with Mrs. Patton. Want a primer on rubrics? Here you go.

I’m a giant proponent of sharing exemplar work and scoring it collectively (you should utilize samples from prior years or from the classroom subsequent door with names redacted). That is particularly good to do in the event you’re planning to make use of the cupcake rubric as a self-assessment.

What else do I have to know?

Are you able to say cupcake celebration? I’m not personally a fan of giving youngsters a cupcake that corresponds with their rating (some college students are going to finish up with solely a liner, and that feels too public and shame-y to me), however a cupcake celebration to rejoice utilizing the rubric? Carry it on!

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Our names are Fareedah and Kamilah Amoo. We are seven and five year’s old sisters and live in Ontario, Canada, with our parents and little brother, Awad. We love writing stories, painting on canva, coding, reading books, and enjoying arts and crafts. Our goal is to motivate every child worldwide to read more books.

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