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Posted on March 10, 2015 11:46 am
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Jonelle J
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Homework Issues
In one of my classes, on average, about 20 out of the 30 students never complete their homework. Though I feel homework is crucial for students to demonstrate what they have learned during class, I do not give it every night; only about 3 nights per week and when I do assign it, it is never more than ten problems (usually 5-8). I'll even give a student a 70 if they turn it in the next day as a late grade. I have had discussions with students both individually and as a whole group, sent home notice of concerns to parents to notify them that their students are not completing assignments. Still, halfway through the semester and nothing is changing. Is there anything different I can do on my part? Should I offer rewards even though homework is expected to be done? These are 10th graders... is there something else I could try?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 10, 2015 12:04 pm

ZutyMa
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From what I gather, you are a math teacher. Homework is essential in math. Students need that extra practice outside of the classroom. It's good that you only give 5-8 problems. That amount of work is beneficial, more than that is just overkill.
As far as getting them to do it, you can start with an incentive and see if that works. If it does, you can begin slowly taking the incentive away once the students get in the habit of doing it. The incentive doesn't necessarily have to be tangible; it can be extra points on the test.
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Jonelle J
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I appreciate your idea! I will definitely try that and see if something changes. Maybe for each homework complete, I will add 2 points to their next test. That way, it is significant enough for some of them to consider changing their habits. Thanks!
  Posted on: March 10, 2015 1:06 pm

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Thanks for sharing
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Solution 2
Posted March 10, 2015 1:18 pm

Getube
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I have the same problem with my 7th graders. We have a step process which is our discipline procedures, I give students a step every time they do not do their homework. For most this works, but for some they don't care and they will continue receiving steps until they end up with an office referral. I also give random rewards. For example, I will take HW for a grade one day, but the next day I may give candy to those who did it or give them 5 points on a quiz. They never know when I am going to do it so a lot of them will do their work just to earn these rewards.
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ZutyMa
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I like your idea of random rewards. This causes the students to do all of their homework so they can be eligible for the reward.
  Posted on: March 10, 2015 4:48 pm

Rezaty
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Posted March 10, 2015 1:27 pm

ySyNyQ
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I teach 8th grade science and feel that vocabulary is crucial. I started the school year with giving vocabulary for homework. There are only 7 units worth of vocabulary, so homework was only given about every 2-3 weeks. I eventually just stopped doing homework because it was such a hassle and students would not complete the work. Now, I make students complete the vocabulary in class that way I can monitor their progress. This is easy to do for science, but maybe not so much for math. I would definitely try incentives. I have heard of homework incentives including replacing the lowest daily grade when homework guidelines were met. So if a student completes 2 homework assignments in a row, replace their lowest daily grade with a 100. Or if students complete 2-3 homework assignments in a row, allow them to skip a homework assignment and receive a 100 for that assignment. You could make the incentive be whatever your particular students will be willing to work for. It will be different for each class and possibly for each student.
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Solution 4
Posted March 11, 2015 11:44 am

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Homework is a major issue for me as well. I want to assign it, but it gets done so infrequently that I wonder about the merits of it. Most of my homework now is classwork assignments that have not been done completed in class. I keep a record of all assignments turned in and show the students on a weekly basis. I continually hound them to complete their work and will do so all semester. As I show them grades, they often become more motivated to complete their work, but it is still a struggle.
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Solution 5
Posted March 11, 2015 3:33 am

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I would talk to the department head and see about addressing this issue at your next department meeting. Chances are, you are not the only teacher in your department struggling with this issue. Maybe even bring an administrator into the meeting and ask for support in this area. I would suggest starting to use a system where a certain number of times that a student fails to do their homework results in a detention of some sort. You could also implement homework quizzes and increase their weight in the gradebook.
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Solution 6
Posted March 15, 2015 5:27 pm

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Unfortunately there seem to be a shift in rules as it relates to homework. The claim is that all students does not have the same advantage when it comes to completing homework, as their living conditions may render them completing homework a struggle. Math is a whole different ballgame because one has to practice math to be proficient. You may have to ask the administration to support instituting a flex day where the math practice can be done under supervision.




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