Now that I have 3 groups of students rotating through, I had to develop a homework procedure that would work for all three. I prefer giving homework weekly. I only have to think about it twice a week. It also cuts back on the number of times you hear about a dog eating homework. I actually have a handwritten note from a former student’s parents that says, “I know how crazy this sounds, but __’s dog ate his homework. Can we have another copy.” I keep a file of things like that. You need a laugh once in a while.
My former 2nd grade procedure:
I put homework in the cubbies after school Friday so the kids could pick it up Monday. They had a homework folder. They turned the homework folder into a homework bin on Fridays. I’d put the folders in number order and know right away who had turned it in. If they hadn’t, I’d give the kids another copy and they’d work on it during recess and during Friday Free Choice.
Now (3 5th Grade Math classes):
I pass out the homework Monday. They have a homework folder for all their homework that they keep in their binder. The students record their homework assignment in their agenda. I have the same homework bin but now it has 3 folders in it. Each class has a college mascot. The three folders are color coded and have a mascot label and a directions label. Inside the folder is a class check off sheet. Students need to staple their homework, highlight their name, and put it in the folder. If I have a responsible student finished early, they will check off names and ask the missing kids for their homework. If not, I’ll check after school. I write the names of the students missing homework on a white board.
In both situations one of the best things I ever started doing was having a place where I put extra homework. If someone looses something, they go get another on their own. If someone forgets it, there are plenty of copies for them to do it again. (Kids would say they “forgot” when really it was in their backpack unfinished. It was funny how many kids suddenly found their homework when I handed them a blank one and told them to start from scratch at recess.)
I want my students to learn to be responsible. I don’t want them to hate school and homework. So, I give parents an amount of time homework should take and tell them they can sign it and say it was taking too long if a page is too challenging. I don’t want kids spending hours at the kitchen table crying because they don’t understand. It’s my job to teach them.
What are your homework procedures?
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