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Eric Baylin's
Songs to Brighten
A Teacher's Day

About ten years ago, I heard other teachers talking about rubrics, a word that had never been a part of my vocabulary.Id never even heard of rubrics; I wondered where Id been. But now Im a full blown convert. Give me a rubric any day to clarify my otherwise hazy grading system.

The Rubric Song

(Sung to the tune of Ten Little Indians)

And what about rubrics for the other areas of our lives -- for scoring dinner, conversations, subway rides. Rubrics can be such fun. Lets sing.

Always, sometimes, rarely, never,
Somewhat boring, somewhat clever,
Lousy, OK, finest ever,
Rubrics are such fun.

About the Lyricist

Eric Baylin has been a teacher for 39 years, working with a variety of age levels in both public and private schools in New York and North Carolina. He currently works at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a K-12 independent school established in 1854. In addition to teaching art and photography to middle- and high-school students, Eric coordinates a program of collaborative faculty study groups in Packer's professional development program.

Lacking even one essential,
Shows some promise, has potential,
Positively presidential,
Rubrics are such fun.

Ill at ease and often fretting,
Fairly skilled in social settings,
Extrovert, a hit at weddings,
Rubrics are such fun.

Spineless, somewhat brave, courageous,
Healthy, barely fit, contagious,
Peaceful, agitated, rages,
Rubrics are such fun.

Graceful, mildly awkward, stumbles,
Eloquent, routinely mumbles,
Strong, uncertain, usually crumbles,
Rubrics are such fun.

If you choose to use a rubric,
You may find that it will lubric-
ate the grading, make it so quick.
Rubrics are such fun.

Five little, four little, three little, two bricks,
Very few words rhyme with rubrics;
Takes some thinking and a few tricks.
Rubrics are such fun.

Rate this song: especially clever,
Mildly funny, worst one ever.
Any chance to use a rubric
Makes your life more fun.

Song lyrics Copyright© 2007 Eric Baylin