I totally need help.
Like a lot of it 🙂
But seriously– I have a question for all of you departmentalized teachers out there (upper elementary-high school). One of my bigger struggles since I have started teaching is HOMEWORK.
My first year I taught in an inner city charter school. It was a start-up school AND I was a 1st year teacher. We had a block schedule and I saw my kids for 6th grade science every other day. I never gave homework because no one ever did it.
The next two years I taught math and social studies and science. My big concern was math homework. I assigned it almost everyday. Nothing that took FOREVER to do, but meaningful review from the days lesson. My problem? It took me forever to check every individual kid’s homework, record it and go over the answers. Plus, it was the same kids never doing it and unfortunately parent communication did very little.
I tried the ever popular “Homework Book” method last year. I was so excited about it. I thought it was perfect for my middle schoolers…even with intense modeling and monitoring, it didn’t really work. It took longer for them to fill in the book than it took for me to check– and those days when half the class decided homework wasn’t worth it? 20 minutes into class and the kids were still filling out pages and missing instruction.
So obviously I have a dilemma. Not assigning homework is not an option. Does anyone have any advice? I don’t want to spend half of my 40 minute period checking and going over homework. This year I was told I will have a lot of students who will not do homework. I need to figure out a system that works for me, but I am struggling to come up with something new. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated 🙂 I like the idea of offering choice, but then, how do you go over the answers without taking forever?
Sorry this post is all over the place! I am hoping on of my amazing teacher friends can help– or shed some light on what YOU do in your classroom and what works!