* Rubric for completing homework

I get a lot of requests for rubrics.  Here’s one for completing homework.  (One caveat: I am NOT a homework advocate, but I recognize that I hold a minority opinion, since every kid I serve has homework.)  I am assuming that your child is a special needs student, although the rubric could be used by any student with homework issues, so it would be a good idea to get the special educator to support the rubric.  As always, someone must rehearse the use of a rubric.  This can involve role-playing, videotaping, possible incentives, and discussions, perhaps with the special ed teacher; many kids do best when they know that the work is “teacher assigned.”  I always imagine a student in order to create a rubric, so like all effective rubrics, this is individualized to meet the needs of “Jacob.”   Jacob must earn 12 stars for his reward as we start using this rubric.  The number of stars required will rise as he meets that first modest requirement.  If your child does not experience initial success, then you must lower the bar pronto.  Say, “Oops! I thought I said you had to get EIGHT stars!  My bad!”  homework rubric

4 thoughts on “* Rubric for completing homework

  1. I’m with you on the homework thing (and so is a lot of research). I don’t like it. Unfortunately, when I taught public school, I was in a system that required we give students homework and homework grades. Of course, they backed that whole plan up by giving us zero support. Kids had no accountability, we weren’t supposed to give them the 0s they earned, and we were not allowed to give a quarterly grade less than 60. Basically, the students got nothing useful out of it, and teachers ended up with more paperwork to keep up with. *sigh*

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