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  Case: 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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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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Comments: I think this is the best solution.
Rated On: October 15, 2015 3:10 am
Rated By: Robert Hendler
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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Comments: wonderful solution
Rated On: October 19, 2015 3:13 am
Rated By: aQaWus
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
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Comments: might be decent
Rated On: July 9, 2017 5:16 pm
Rated By: uTaGuv
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Habits are hard to break but it is possible.
Rated On: February 25, 2018 8:43 pm
Rated By: upusyb
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I agree.
Rated On: October 9, 2018 2:33 am
Rated By: pagyDa