A discussion about grade ranges helps students understand the differences between the grades and what you expect from them.
Discussing what constitutes “good writing” in your discipline is also strongly recommended.
And, of course, that rubric and all of its comments are saved and ready to be reused on the next assignment.
It's everything you normally do, only more efficient.
The whole process of tagging and commenting on papers is stored in our database.
And now think about what we've stored: we know that you selected a comment from the "Needs Work" column for Jimmy's "Thesis" element.
And we know the exact piece of text that makes up his thesis.
This might not seem like much, but with the organizational and cross-referential power of a database at our fingertips we can do some pretty freakin' amazing things with that data.
Pretty soon you'll end up with a very robust collection of comments that cover the gamut of student skill levels.
And it will all be perfectly organized and easy to retrieve.