The organising of homework can be a real nightmare, especially for inexperienced teachers.
I was no exception.
I thought I knew it all when I got my first teaching job in North Wales, at 23-years-old. However, I soon found it a real challenge to….
- Set homework regularly
- Remember to collect homework in
- Mark homework promptly
- Return it to the kids and………..
- …… the real killer – dealing with kids who didn’t hand in their homework on time
I used to be one of those teachers who would deal with each of the above five challenges separately: not realising that they are, in fact, very intimately connected – the way we set homework, for example, affects the frequency at which it is handed in.
Using this holistic approach to the management of homework I’ve discovered a few simple techniques to get our students compliant with regards to handing it in. I’ve also discovered some ways to make up for any gaps in knowledge that arise when work hasn’t been done on time.
So buckle up, grab a coffee and make some notes (that’s your homework for this week, by the way)!
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