Monday, July 15, 2013
Classroom Management - Turning in Homework
When I checked in on Facebook this morning, I saw that the Organized Classroom was hosting a freebie linky. The freebie I decided to post today is a homework notice, which got me thinking...how do other people collect homework in an efficient manner? Here's how I do it...
After I greet each student at the door, they are expected to go in the classroom and complete their morning routine.
You'll see that #2 on the list is to turn in their homework. My students turn their homework into the top tray (black trays to the far right of the picture-sorry the picture is a little blurry). Now, I don't typically assign homework, students usually only have to turn in any work they didn't complete from the day before. Just the same, it is work that they took home to complete, so alas, it's homework.
Once the homework manager completes his/her assignment book (#6), and before they begin their morning work (#7), they collect the homework from the tray and put it in number order (each student is assigned a number which they write along with their name on everything they turn in). If there is someone who hasn't turned their homework in, the homework manager checks in with that student and reminds them they need to either turn their homework in or complete a homework notice.
Once the homework manager has an assignment or homework notice from every student, he/she takes a student list (stored by the trays) and puts a check or HN (homework notice) next to each student's name. They then put a binder clip on the papers (with the student list on top), and puts the stack back in the homework tray. I make sure to check in with those students who didn't turn their homework in while they are working on their morning work. All of this happens within the first 15 minutes of our school day.
I chose to post the Homework Notice that I use in my class as today's freebie because I have found it to be invaluable in helping to not only keep students accountable, but also keeping parents in the loop! I teach fifth grade, so students can (and should) be more independent at this age (but not too independent they are after all still just 9, 10, and 11 year olds!)
I hope you find it as helpful as I do! To download my freebie, click on the image below.
I'd love for you to post a comment (or a link to your blog) describing your homework collection procedure!
If you are looking for more freebies then check out Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies by clicking on the image below.