Friday, May 11, 2012

Homework Woes

OK, as we wind down this school year (only 18 schools days left) it is time to reflect on the year and start thinking about things I want to do differently and/or better next year. Considering this is the end of my 2nd year in 4th grade I still have quite a bit to reflect on but I feel like the area that I just can't figure out is homework. Actually checking homework to be specific. I have no problem assigning the homework its just finding an easy and quick way to check it and see who has their's completed and who doesn't.

I have had the kids turn it in daily and weekly but turning it in just doesn't seem to be working for me. I would like to figure out a routine to establish first thing in the morning that allows me to quickly do a homework check and then move on with the day. Also one of our "social Development" grades is "Completes homework" so I need to have a system that allows me to keep track long term.

Sooooo Here's what I am thinking - and I would LOVE some feedback or ideas.
1 - Get a small notebook
2 - Print off a weekly class list spread sheet with a daily column each for Spelling, Vocab, and Math
3 - Set up the routine that when the students enter the classroom in the morning they unpack and put their homework on their desk
4 - as they write their new homework assignment in their agenda I can walk around and check off who has their homework and who doesn't.

This sounds simple in writing but will it actually work? Please share how you check your homework I would love to have some ideas for next year!


  1. I have a morning routine established in my classroom. I post their to do list every morning on my SmartBoard. I use powerpoint and and on one side of the slide I have a numbered list (1. homework out; 2. write in daily quote, etc.) and on the other side I have a inspirational quote they are to write down while I'm going around checking homework. We use the quote later in our morning meeting. My colleague created a spreadsheet that I use to check off their homework. I am able to do a quick check of homework in under 5 minutes every morning. It works beautifully for me!

  2. I do something very similar as my morning routine. on Monday's students's write down all homework for the week. Tuesday - Thursday when students enter the room they take out all homework and I go around with two stamps. One that says excellent work and one that says missing homework. I had them made on vista print. I also record those students who are missing homework on a class roster.

    1. Thank you for the stamp idea - I'm going to have to check that out on Vista Print

  3. Lisa, could you please give details about what is on the spreadsheet? Thank you I would really appreciate it,

    1. Sorry I missed this! If you send me your email, I can send it right to you! (mine is