Jump over (after you read my post...) and see how everyone structures their homework.
(Some of this is a repeat of an old post, but I have added a few things to the end.)
Let me start by saying that I hate homework. H.A.T.E. I don't like making copies, taking it up every morning, grading it, and then rewarding or punishing depending on who turned it in. I think it is a hassle for busy work. I know that the homework debate is a hot one, and I don't really want to open that can of worms. If you like giving homework, more power to you. I think that homework should be reserved for 6th grade and up because those kids are old enough to manage their time. Ugh. Oh well.
My current plan is for each student to have a homework folder. Take a look at the components:
- 3 brad folder
- notebook paper secured in the brads
- a few page protectors for the homework guidelines pages
- Students will be responsible for their homework folders from Monday to Thursday.
- On Monday, they will take their spelling pretest on a piece of notebook paper inside their folder. We do a pretest and check it together. This will be their list for the week.
- Homework for Monday: Read for 30 minutes and write a response.
- Homework for Tuesday: Practice multiplication facts and do a spelling activity.
- Homework for Wednesday: Read for 30 minutes and write a response.
- Homework for Thursday: Practice multiplication facts and do a spelling activity.
- I will model how I want these done on notebook paper. I want them to write on the front and back of each paper, so we don't go through notebook paper like crazy.
- Students will turn in their homework on Friday morning.
- I will check it over the weekend and have it for them on Monday.
- Everyone that does all their homework will get bonus money (see my classroom economy resources).
- If I am satisfied with their efforts, they will have a lottery ticket waiting for them on Monday morning. (Hopefully this will increase the effort put into homework.)
|Click HERE to download Mon & Wed's homework.|
|Click HERE to get my spelling activities.|
This is not my creation, but it is a great idea! Renee at Living, Laughing, and Loving is sharing this resource for free. Here is how she describes it:
Each student gets their own copy and starts working on memorizing the first fact family or table. When they can say it to their parents in 30 seconds or less, the parents initial under that table.
At a designated time during the day, each student with a table initialed will bring it to me and recite it again in 30 seconds or less. Then I initial, and he/she moves onto the next table… all the way up to the Twelve Family.
Click HERE to get a copy!
This is how I keep track of homework being turned in. I print a check off list on index cards that are taped to a clipboard. I can easily flip to the student's card to make if they have their homework or not.
I really like this system, especially when I am talking to parents. That way I can quickly show them when their students has failed to turn in homework. It is a good visual. I will also put that visual in their homework folders for parents to view. I will update it when I "grade" homework every Friday. I am hoping that it helps keep parents aware of when/if their child is completing the required assignments.
To insure that these homework papers are kept in good condition and not lost, I will be tying them into our classroom economy. Each student MUST keep these homework papers neatly in their folders. Each lost guideline page is $150 to replace. If they lose their log, that will be $500 to replace.
You can download the homework logs HERE.
These are the lottery tickets I was talking about:
I added the "Maybe" in the title because it is an untried idea. I haven't used this with students yet, so I don't know how it will work. I will be rolling this out in September. Unless I get a better idea between now and then. :)
What do you do for homework? Do you do a routine or just decide day by day what you will send home? I don't like sending home textbooks, but if you do, what is your procedure for that?
Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts!