My Brother Josh Doing His Homework
Before he does away with the ritual, he might want to consider a particular time in history when a president did his homework, took his briefings, paid attention to the details and in so doing averted a nuclear war.
my brother josh doing his homework
While doing so, the brothers end up in disguise (certainly not for the first time in the series) and must connive their way into a movie theater to spy on Megan's date. In the process, Drake blurts out the line, prompting Helen, The Premiere's manager, to repeat the phrase to herself and reply, "Imma start saying that!" Helen might not have continued saying it, but the Drake & Josh fan base never forgot the memorable quote.
Homework is a review for what was being taught in class that day. Some of my parents have complained that I give to much homework. What is too much homework? My homework comes from Reading, Math and spelling every week. I agree when you say that homework should not be given for busy work. I don't believe I give to much home if it is to make sure that the student if reviewing everyday, so they will not just be exposed to the material in class. No, all of my students do not do their homework. Like you said, some of them have to go home and be mom and dad to younger siblings. When I ask my students why homework is not done they tell me I don't know. I would love for every parent to support a teacher when giving home. We as teachers want our students to succeed in everything. If we had opportunities to explain to the parents what we are doing in class, we may receive more support with homework at home.
I am a first and second grade teacher. At the beginning of the school year I made it clear to my parents that homework is not graded but is an opportunity for students to review what was taught in class and reinforce their skills. I don't believe that the homework should be graded as it is not a true reflection of what a the student can accomplish. The reason I say is because some parents complete the homework for the child. They do not attempt to reinforce understanding, but feed the answers to the child. Any homework that is sent home from the class should be something that the student is capable of completing on their own. If it is difficulty completing it, then that is also an indication for me to provide further review for the student(s). I am trying to teach responsibility also for my second grade students as they prepare for the third grade. Because some parents have difficulty understanding the work that is sent home, I feel that the homework should always be a review of the classwork and not something that is graded. The homework is written in the student's agenda, signed by me and is to be returned the following day in the agenda which is to be signed by the parents. I have the usual suspects who do not complete their homework, but there is usually a good return of the homework to class and a good indicator to me of how my students are doing. I can see that a great deal of work is being done on your part to ensure that the homework is completed, especially for your ELL students. I hope you will be able to come up with another solution in order to alleviate some of this extra work.
For the first time this year, my middle school has a technology integration specialist who keeps everyone abreast of what is new in the world of technology and how it can be used in the classroom. Just recently, all teachers were assigned the task of joining Tweeter to assist us with engaging with others about best practices in education.He brought to us the idae of seeking solutions from other educators about questions, concerns and difficulties we may be experiencing in the classroom overall, schoolwide and with individual students. The first article that I see is the homework article and the plan to assist students with getting "it" done and developing a sense of accountability and improvement while they learn the practice of doing their homework.My eyes lit up and I hungrily read through the very detailed outline on how this can be accomplished.I can't wait to bring it to my colleagues and administrators for their feedback on this plan. This is an amazing plan and the results and the goals achieved are definitely rewarding for the students and the school.
I too agree. I teach in an urban school district and students not completing homework is all to often. One problem that I see is that there is no "partnership" with parents. Parents have to be in collaboration with teachers and they must "buy-in" to the homework policy, the importance of doing homework, and finally the expectations for completing homework.
I believe that doing home work is very important in providing practice on concepts that were taught. I must agree that if students do not grasp the concept that was taught they should not be given homework on the concept. There are times when teachers expect that parents should help students do the homework but on several occassions the parents do not know what to do. There are times however when there a students who are able to do homework but do not do it because they are not properly supervised at home. Teachers should know their student and assign task based on their individual abilities and situations.
I'm not very hard on kids who don't get their homework done. I do require it, or an alternative assignment, to be done because I do value it. I send the work home every Friday, and the kids turn it in on Friday. My homework is more a study guide for the tests than anything else, and it gives parents insight into what we're doing. I have a website where I scan the internet to help me find videos to help students with their home work if they are truly struggling. I give them my phone number and tell them to call any time they need help. The kids work their bums off to get their work done, and sometimes will stay in at recess if something came up and they weren't able to finish . I'll also be honest, I check the work, but I don't grade the work. If I see effort and thought put into my weekly homework packets, I give an "A." Homework is only about 5% of my quarterly grades.
This is a subject my team members and I have been discussing a lot lately. I work at a very low socioeconomic status school, and as someone already mentioned, many of our students do not complete homework. Because of the community, many of the parents are not available or do not care enough to contribute to their child's learning by helping with homework. This original post made me question other factors that may be involved with homework not being completed. For example, do the students not have the skills they need to complete the homework independently? Is there something else I should be doing to help my students be more prepared for their homework? If they are more prepared, will they be more likely to do their homework? Although I do not know the answers to these questions, I can at least attempt to try different strategies that may help my students complete more homework. I especially like the strategy mentioned by grusso. Perhaps, I will attempt to let some of my students begin to do their homework in class. That way, they can at least ask me questions to assist them.
I couldn't agree more with "fieldk." Homework is a team effort between parent and child. Teachers in my district hold a "curriculum night" at the beg. of the school year to discuss with parents the expectations regarding homework, tests, assignemnts, classroom behavior/participation etc., This is a crucial and important night to the success of a students school year. However, the sad truth of life is that many students do not have two parents at home every night to assist with homework. I feel it would be a good idea for schools to offer an after school or before school program where students can come for additional help / tutoring or to recieve help with completing homework assignments. Also, teachers shouldn't be so rigid in placing many high demands on completing homework on time and turing in each morning, with severe consequences for not doing so. I realize this is important in teaching responsiblity but how much of homework is really busy work anyway?? How often are students just racing to finish their homework so they can go play outside or with a friend. How much are students really gaining from homework?? Teachers should allow students who come from a challening family life to complete homwork in the classroom if at all possible. Thank you.
This is of particular interest to me because last year I had a student whose mother worked at night and he was supervised by a teenage sibling. A lot of times he would tell me that he forgot his homework at home or his mother done it when he got home. I knew he was not doing his own work because the difference in handwriting. After this happened a few times I asked him if he understood what needed to be done and he said no. As a result of this I started an after school homework club for my students to assist them by reviewing any concepts that were misunderstood and to help build confidence in themselves.
My district requires homework to be assigned. However, I don't put much into it. I assign homework on Monday and it is due on Friday. (I teach second grade.) The students are assigned word work for spelling, read independently for 15 minutes, and a math sheet daily. One reason that I am not a big fan of homework is because in many situations, or at least in my room, the PARENTS do the work!!! I just don't feel it is fair to give credit to a student who did not do the work himself and give equal credit to the child who struggled to complete all of the work himself. While I believe homework should be meaningful and allow the child to practice what is being taught in the classroom, it is just too hard to monitor who is actually doing the work.
Not completing homework has been a problem in my classroom since the start of this school year. I teach fourth grade and my students tend to have nightly spelling, reading, math, and writing homework. However, when I go around to check to see if their homework has been completed, I often find nothing on their desk and an excuse for why it is not done.The homework that is assigned is not hard to do. For the most part they are practicing their weekly spelling words by doing an activity, reading independently and then responding to what was read in a journal, studying weekly vocabulary words, and then completing one math assignment to go along with the lesson taught, and writing practice. I co-teach with another teacher and the homework that we assign is consistent and should not take students more than a hour to complete. However, we are having students not completing their homework and parents saying that their child spends a lot more than an hour on homework.Part of the problem could be that the students have not completely mastered the topics in math. As with most curriculum maps or plans, we are advised to stick with what the district has mapped out for us. Another possibility is that the student is not paying attention during class and is not able to complete the work because they were not following along.At some point I do think that students need to be held accountable. The reason homework is assigned is because teachers cannot cover everything that needs to be done in a day, and in order for students to retain information it has to be practiced. I also believe that homework is part of a student's "job." We are preparing our students to be responsible citizens that are productive members of society. If they do not complete what is asked and expected of them, there are consequences, just as with any job that an adult would have.I provide incentives for my students that complete their nigthly homework. Students are given a raffle ticket and they put their name on the back. Every other week we do the ticket drawing and students can use their tickets to "purchase" prizes from the goodie box. I do not grade homework because at the school in which I work, this is not allowed. However, as my students get older and move into middle school, completed homework is an expectation and the students' grades will be lowered if homework is not done. I do not know what the solution is to homework not being completed. Many times my students tell me that they got home late or they had to go somewhere with their parents. Other times they say that they forgot it at home. Either way my teacher partner and I make it a point to write it in the student's planner when homework is not done. If anything, we do this to let the parents know what we see in the classroom since the student is the only one that goes home and comes to school every day.