No matter how many times I stress how important it is to complete math homework in order to practice the skills we learned in class that day, inevitably, kids don't do their homework. I usually have repeat offenders too (as I'm sure you do as well!). I don't even collect homework. I just go around the room, making sure that every student has it and show their work. If they do, they get a 2. If they don't show their work, they get a 1. And if they don't have anything they of course get a 0. I don't accept late homework because I post the answers on the Smartboard and we go over any questions, so you either have it or you don't. As long as my students just try, they can have a 100% in homework for the marking. Yet, for whatever reason, some just don't realize that homework is 15% of their final grade and not doing it can really affect their average. It's very frustrating to me...
For this coming school year, I've created a form for kids to fill out whenever they don't have their homework. This will (hopefully) make them more accountable. I'm going to print the slips on brightly colored paper and
leave them in a bin on my table at all times. Anytime a student does not have homework, I'm going to have that student get a slip
and fill out his or her name, math class, date, and what the assignment was.
Then, I'll have him or her check off the reason for not having the homework
completed and sign it. The slip also has a reminder to add a missing homework to their grade sheet in their notebook. I'm going to place the slip in the student's personal file as
documentation of the missed assignment (which will be very helpful during a parent-teacher conference!). Here's what it looks like:
I have a slightly more general version (so it can be used for any subject) in my TpT store and in my TN store.
I'm also hoping to encourage more homework completion this year by rewarding the whole class when they have they have 100% completion. I'm thinking of using the letters "HOMEWORK" for each class (an idea I got from here). (I'm just going to use a notebook file on my Smartboard to keep track.) Every time the class has 100%, they get a letter. Once the class spells homework, the whole class gets a no homework night. I'm not sure yet if they will need to just have 8 days of 100% or 8 days in a row in order to get the reward. What do you think??