Ugh. Homework. I had no idea how terrible homework could be until my oldest started Kindergarten this year. I had this adorable image in my head that he would sit at the dining room table doing his homework while I got dinner ready.
So now I can better sympathize with the parents of my students when they complain about their kids being difficult when it comes to homework! Here is what I do in my classroom to try to keep the kids motivated to complete their homework:
I saw this idea on Fourth Grade Frolic's Instagram and then read her blog to find out the idea originally belongs to Lessons with Laughter. You can check out Fourth Grade Frolic's Homework Club Freebie HERE.
You can spy the homework club in the background of this image. This was only the second week of school, so we were just getting into the swing of the things. There were many more club members this week!
Students who complete all of their work in the week (even if the work is late) are in the homework club. On Mondays, I leave the names on their desks so they can put their names in the club themselves. If they miss an assignment, I have the students remove their own names. I feel there is a level of accountability in removing your name yourself and that physical act may be a good reminder to the student to be responsible.
Sorry for the instagram picture!
Being in the homework club earns the student a very small reward (two pieces of candy and an eraser or pencil). Tangible rewards are very rare in my room and it's working for me. The kids get loads and loads of genuine praise, but not so many trinkets.
So what about the students who do not complete their work? They fill in a missing homework sheet that I found on Pinterest. I keep these sheets filed away in a little binder the students can access. When the student completes the missing assignment, then I add in the date it was returned. If the homework isn't returned by Friday, then the student completes the missing assignment during art. I had three students this week who needed to spend about ten minutes working on a missing assignment and then a few minutes talking to me about responsibility before they could work on their art work.
Link to Scholastic article about homework. (Photo from Scholastic)
You can download the form there.
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I'd love to hear how you manage homework in your classroom. Do you check daily? Do you offer free homework passes? I'm kind of interested in introducing those as a super special reward, but I don't want my kiddos to skip their reading logs or their math homework!