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Won't turn in homework!!



I have a few kids that absolutely won't turn in their work on time. One kid even told his mother that I really didn't care if I saw their homework or not. Wow!

I get things like "it's at home" or "my mom didn't put it in my backpack last night." ????? I tell them to be sure it's in their backpack themselves. It's their work, so it's their responsibility.

Sometimes they bring it, but it doesn't make it out of the backpack to the homework tray. Uggh.

I've been diligent about asking kids for their homework. I count papers and check off names everyday for all homework. I give rewards if they follow directions, like putting their name and info at the top as asked. Names at the top is another whole issue!

Any more ideas??


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Homework Woes

Have you tried Homeworkopoly? I started that last year and it really helped. You can check it out at www.homeworkopoly.com.

Do you take it for a grade? I don't correct all homework nor do I put each piece into the gradebook but I keep track of those who turn it in and those who don't. Then I divide the number of assignments turned in by the total number I assigned and I include that grade in each subject that I've sent homework home for. Does that make sense? That way when a parent complains about a grade, you can tell them that they aren't doing/turning in their homework and that's why it's lower.

I hope that makes sense. Let me know if it doesn't!


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Homework Banner

My school has mandatory homework detentions when homework is not completed, so I do not have quite a big problem with homework. But, in Ron Clark's "55 Essential" book he tells about putting up a homework banner to encourage students to do homework. He created a huge banner to hang over his classroom door (so that all in the school could see). It reads "Our Class Has Completed Homework ___ Days In A Row" (or something to that extent). When the whole school sees this, especially when there is a "0" there, the class is motivated to complete homework. It is also a challenge to have as many days in a row possible with 100% homework completion in your class. Personally I have never tried this, but it seems like a good way to have kids complete homework while also strengthening community.

One downfall may be that, while in the hall where other kids can see your class's progress, the Principal and AP may also see how many days they have not had 100% homework turn-in. :-/


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If you must....Homeworkopoly

I send only Everyday Math sheets and encourage an hour of AR reading each week.....due on Fridays so they can play Homeworkopoly. I have more luck NOT punishing them for not doing it.....I reward the ones that do.

Check out Homeworkopoly!!!!! Try it......I've had 99% success this year....no one is punished-----they just can't wait to play Homeworkopoly. They even read extra minutes just to get an extra roll! Parents LOVE it too!!!! I tell them---don't force the child to do it. Make it THEIR responsibility. Just sign the log----if they don't do it---they don't play! Amazing....fun, too!

Shelley S

Full Member

In my experiences, I have found that Homeworkopoly helps keep most of the kids motivated, but nothing seems to work for a select few each year. It seems that every year you have a least one of these students.:mad:


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Sticker Sheet

In my classroom, homework is a responsibility and recess is a privilege. If you do not have the responsibility completed and returned on time, then you do not have the opportunity for the privilege. During the inside recess time, homework is completed, and homework left at home is redone. It only takes a day without recess to get the child's attention and motivate those who don't turn in homework/leave it at home to change their behavior!!

I also have a piece of construction paper cut to 9" x 6" (take a 12" x 18" large sheet and cut it equally into four pieces). If a child completes all homework, returns it on time, works accurately and carefully each day, and has no discipline problems, he/she gets a sticker for the sheet the next morning. When he/she collects ten stickers, I write a positive note on the back and he/she gets to choose an item from our classroom "store."

I have been using this for years, and it works well for all.
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