* Another rubric for recess

In a previous post, I shared a recess rubric for students on the autism spectrum.  Here is one that may be helpful for students with a learning disability, especially twice exceptional (2e) kiddos.  These kids are often desperate to get out of the classroom, away from tremendous stress (and boredom, in the case of 2e kids).  Why would LD kids benefit from a recess rubric?   Again, stress.  They often feel stupid and invalidated in a classroom, no matter how smart they may be, no matter how supportive their teachers are.  When they hit the playground, these students are often over-eager to show off athletic skills.  They may vent their frustration on peers or withdraw from the group altogether.  Social skills intervention is helpful when LD students find themselves in constant conflict at recess.  Remember that you cannot toss a rubric at a student and expect it to “work.”  Kids need to rehearse needed skills and rubrics should be modified to match individual needs.  A rubric can be used to measure progress over time, which is very important for kids who face an uphill battle with academics.


* Social skills rubric for recess

I’ve been asked to create some sample rubrics for social skills.  The following rubric is for a high functioning autistic kid who struggled at recess.  He did not use recess effectively to “chill out” (which can be vital to an ASD kid’s daily survival), nor did he feel satisfied with how he occupied himself during recess.  Wandering around was sometimes a good method of relaxing, but he was conflicted between isolating himself a little and also wanting to make friends.  He had “buttons” that a few kids delighted in pushing, so he needed an advocate (adult or classmate) to support him at times.

Remember that each rubric should be individualized to reflect the needs of the student.  Rubrics should also represent actual rehearsal of skills through role-playing and videotaping, or they’re largely a waste of time.  If a student has “getting help”on a rubric, make sure some adult is actually going to help, not tell the student to “go and play.”rubric for recess