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HS math homework completion

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From: Jenny (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Feb 05, 2001 at 17:53:15
Subject: Re: HS math homework completion

Action I would agree with Suzanne and Kimberly's replies.  I find for my at 
risk students, however, that many of them simply do not have time to do 
homework. They work from when school is out until late at night, come home and 
crash. Homework is way down on their priority list.

For my freshmen students who are not working, the problem seems more that
they don't understand that there are negative consequences for not doing
their work. High school is the first time that something bad happens when
they fail a class and it takes a semester for them to clue into that,
regardless of what I said to them.  This semester many more students are
turning in homework.  Last semester, I called and/or e-mailed parents of
students who habitually did not turn in homework, as well as telling my
students.  They all have an assignment sheet and I make them calculate their
homework grade weekly so they see the affect of not turning in work.

By the way, I don't call it homework - everything is an assignment and it's
either completed in class or out of class.  That way they know they're
expected to work on it in class but I also expect it to be completed if they
don't get it finished.

 -Jenny, for the T2T service

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