Jen's Great Rubric (JGR) as Used in My Classroom

Title: A Breakdown of JGR


Subtitle: Louisa explains why JGR is a game-changer in the classroom.



Louisa discusses how she uses the JGR (Jen’s Great Rubric) in her classroom, and some of the modifications she’s added to it that differ from Ben Slavic’s way of using the JGR. Louisa explains how she breaks down her grading system, and what she does to help her students reach high marks in Interpersonal Communication for the end of the day, each day.


Key Takeaways:

[:35] Let’s talk about JGR, aka Jen’s Great Rubric.

[1:55] Some districts do not allow you to put behavior in academic grade.

[2:00] Louisa has been teaching this way for the last ten years.

[2:45] For the first year, Louisa focuses on interpersonal communication skills.

[3:15] Louisa grades her students on interpersonal communication every ten hours, which comes out to about every two weeks.

[3:50] Interpersonal communication is 40% of the student's’ overall grade in Louisa's classroom. Though, in other places, this can sometimes be 65% of the grade.

[4:30] What does a student need to do in order to get 10/10 points in interpersonal communication?

[8:00] Louisa rewards students who take an ownership role in the classroom, and when they showcase they are understanding the materials.

[8:15] What happens to students who earn less than 7 points?

[11:55] Remember, it is a work in progress. Overall, Louisa is happy with the results.


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“This is where the controversy comes in. Some districts do not allow you to put behavior in academic grade.”


“I really like the interpersonal communication skills and I really focus on those in the first year.”


“You can get a zero in interpersonal communications. That’s when the student is absent.”