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Posted on March 15, 2015 1:33 pm
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I am experiencing great difficulty with students turning in their homework on time. Students are given an entire week to complete the weekly homework assignments. However, they refuse to complete the assignment and seem to not be bothered by the fact that they are getting a zero in the grade book. What solutions would you suggest to increase homework participation?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 15, 2015 3:20 pm

ezeDeZ
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I have to do daily homework assignments for more student participation. I check the homework during Morning Work. If they do not have the assignment, they have to sign the No Homework Binder (name, date, assignment, and reason). I use the binder during conferences to show parents their student's responses and effort. If the student doesn't do the homework two days in a row, he must make it up during recess. Also, do you use planners? I've noticed that since I have made it mandatory for parent signatures, more homework is being done because the parents see the assignments due.
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Tamupy
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The use of the binder is a great way to document when students do not complete their homework. The documentation is support for parent teacher conferences and parent asks why their child has a low homework grade. The parent signatures in the planner is another great way to involve parents so they know what is expected of their child so they can follow up and make sure the homework is done.
  Posted on: October 3, 2015 2:38 pm

meXyHy
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I think that the use of the binder is smart, I would also use this solution.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 9:38 pm

eSyTyt
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Getting the parents involved is a great idea.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 2:53 am

rybuZy
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Student participation would work well for this situation.
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Solution 2
Posted October 3, 2015 2:35 pm

Tamupy
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Try assigning homework each night instead of giving them a week to complete it. The students turn in their homework in the morning and when you check the homework you put the student's name on the board who has not completed it. The students are expected to take the unfinished homework with them at recess and complete it while the other students play. Tell the students that if you do not complete your homework then they write their name on the board immediately when they come in the morning. I have seen this done is a second grade classroom and it makes the students responsible for their work. It also ensures a high homework return rate.
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Right. Daily work is a helpful tool.
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Solution 3
Posted September 28, 2015 7:02 pm

Autumn Carroll
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One great way to increase homework participating is with an award. You might just want to do it once a week so students don't expect an award everyday, but giving them a piece of candy or a sticker for completing their homework might be the motivation that they need.
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I agree. Positive reinforcement is a useful tool.
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Solution 4
Posted October 4, 2015 7:05 pm

HaLyvy
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I would try giving them a incentive for completing their homework. Maybe something like allowing the students to eat lunch in the classroom with you on a specific day if they turn in their homework for the entire week.
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The reward system may help here also.
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Solution 5
Posted February 24, 2016 1:59 am

Taylor Katsarelas
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I would change the homework to being daily and incorporate completing homework to getting a reward like dojo points. I would also send notes home to parents about a program similar to Focus where the parents can see what their children have and have not done for the class. This way, you as a teacher would also have the parents backing you up and getting their children to do their homework.
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Solution 6
Posted October 4, 2015 3:51 am

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I think that it is important to stick with the deadline given to the students. On big project/assignments I would have mini assignments leading up to the big project so that I know if the students are on the right track or need improvement. It is important to make sure the explanation of the homework is clear and given a fair amount of time to complete it.
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Solution 7
Posted February 26, 2017 4:06 pm

ReRege
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Call home and explain to the parents that their child is walking on thin ice when it comes to passing the class. If they have a week to get their homework done I wouldn't accept late work at all. Talk to the children individually too and see what the problem is - maybe you just need to clarify things for them or motivate them
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Solution 8
Posted October 4, 2017 10:19 pm

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I would break the weekly homework into chunks. Have students do one part 1 of the homework on one night, then the next day have part 2 be due. Make shorter due dates with smaller work assigned to then have the entire assignment done by the end of the week.
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Solution 9
Posted October 15, 2017 3:25 pm

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Parent Signatures are probably the most effective way to handle this. This will not only get the parents involved, but it will make the students mor accountable.
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Solution 10
Posted October 15, 2017 3:53 pm

pyJeZy
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This is one of the biggest issues for most teachers. Parent involvment would be the most effective solution, However if that isnt enough, you options become very limited.
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Solution 11
Posted March 15, 2015 1:40 pm

myqydy
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I have found that the week long homework assignment doesn't really work for my students. Inevitably, they wait until Thursday night and cannot finish it. I had to go back to one assignment each night. I take a quick moment each morning to check that it is complete. If they did not complete their homework they need to complete it along with the assignment that is due. Three nights in a row and they make it up at recess. I do put all of the homework for the whole week in their folder for those students who do want to complete it a night or two early but those students are few and far between. They lack the discipline and the parents to help them.
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Solution 12
Posted October 4, 2015 10:05 pm

TuBuJy
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I would first contact the student's parents and tell them what is going on with their child. I would come up with a solution with the parent in order to get their child to start completing the homework on time.
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Solution 13
Posted October 14, 2015 3:37 pm

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You need to think about the purpose of your homework. Is it really necessary? Is it fun? Most students these days are left to do homework by themselves because parents aren't available, don't care, or don't know how to help them. Therefore, homework needs to be something the student can and will want to do by him or her self. I try to make homework fun. Most of my homework is technology based but I have alternate assignments for kids who don't have a computer at home (although even the lowest income homes have a smart phone). Students can do review games/fun projects, etc. Give them a choice board to let them choose what they want to do.
The purpose of homework is to review. However, a lot of students who get help do not end up doing the homework themselves. Parents just want it to get done and sometimes help in the wrong way (giving them answers, etc). I don't give homework unless I am required to and I definitely don't take a grade for it. My students earn points for different home assignments and the points are redeemed in a class store.
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