Homework busting tip #6 – offer support and help
Some students are simply too shy to ask their teachers for help. We must combat this.
When you set a piece of homework, make it clear to the students that they can see you for help between now and the deadline. Tell them that it is your pleasure to help them: that you’re happy to help them when they get stuck.
Crucially, tell your students exactly when you’re available to help. You may be busy on Tuesday lunchtime, but after-school on a Wednesday you’ll be in your room doing marking so your students can see you then.
When we encourage our students to seek help from us we are showing them that we care and that we are approachable. It also solves the classic excuse you’ll get – “I couldn’t do my homework because I didn’t understand the questions”. Really? If you didn’t understand the homework, then why didn’t you come to see me for help like I told you to?
When we are supportive and open to offering help then there’s no ‘hiding place’ for our students.
This article originally appeared at: https://richardjamesrogers.com/2019/03/17/when-kids-dont-return-homework-what-can-we-do/
Illustrations by: Tikumporn Boonchuayluea