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TIP 3 – DON’T GRADE HOMEWORK
Yes! Don’t just use homework for....well.....homework. Use homework to help you monitor your students’ progress and see what they still need to work on. Although I do not check every student’s homework, I do
ask them to bring it to small groups and we do use it as a learning tool if necessary. I glance over everyone’s work and make a mental note of what I notice. This has been a very helpful tool in making sure that ALL of my students are meeting the standards.
You are busy! You don’t have time to spend each morning asking each student to show you their homework. So....don’t! I love having my dependable student take this job. I use a simple checklist where they can simply mark if a student did or didn’t complete their homework. They aren’t checking for correctness, just completion. This saves me time and my sanity during my morning routine.
Homework shouldn’t be stressful for anyone. If homework is stressing you out, step back and make a new plan. If you can incorporate some of the tips I mentioned, homework can be a pleasant and helpful experience for everyone involved.
(Kristin is the creator behind One Stop Teacher Shop. She began her teaching career in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Reading and Mathematics. Since 2012, Kristin has used her blog as a platform to share her many classroom tips and ideas with teachers around the world. She is passionate about taking the stress out of teaching and creating effective classroom resources. You can read more from Kristin at www.onestopteachershop.com and  nd her resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.system she use every single week. It is very consistent and everyone knows what to expect!)
Top Tips for Teachers Giving and Managing Homework
by Kristin Rivera
Managing homework is de nitely something that many teachers struggle with. Whether your issue is “How much homework should I give?”, “What is the best way to correct daily homework?”, or “How can I make homework more effective?”, I’ve got you covered. I have lots of tried- and-true tips for “EVERYTHING” homework related!
This will save you TONS of headaches. Keeping your homework consis- tent will keep students from getting confused and forgetting their home- work. Parents can also stay in control when they know what is expected. There should never be the question on “What is our homework tonight?” because everyone already knows. The BEST way to keep your home- work routine consistent is to pick a resource to use for your homework for each subject and stick with it. Try not to jump all over the place and pull random worksheets out. By doing so, you are setting up everyone to fail.
I NEVER give my students homework on something I just taught them. Odds are, most of your students don’t understand the concept enough to perform on their own, so if you think about it, they will just be practicing the new skill incorrectly. Not good for anyone. Instead, give your stu- dents a nightly dose of review (include skills you’ve already fully taught) and maybe just one or two problems on the newest skill.
This just makes sense! Every student gets a different level of support at home with their homework. It is safe to say that it is not fair to penal- ize a student for not having a parent who can answer questions and help them correct mistakes. On the other hand, I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with giving a “complete” or “incomplete” score for homework. Whether students turn in their homework or not is de nitely something I keep track of.
TIP 4 – LESS IS MORE!
TIP 1 – KEEP IT CONSISTENT!
TIP 2 – USE HOMEWORK FOR REVIEW ONLY
TIP 5 – GET MORE OUT OF HOMEWORK
Focus on what is most important. Pick the areas you feel your students need the most support/practice/review. You don’t have to have home- work for EVERY subject. Aim to give your students a handful of review problems for each core subject (ie. Math, Reading, etc.) These assign- ments should only take about 10-15 minutes each. Really, that is all that is needed. Giving too much homework can actually be less effective and just frustrate parents and students. However, giving some homework
is important because it allows parents to stay informed and actually see what is expected of their child. I always use the rule “quality over quan- tity”.
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TIP 6 – HIRE A STUDENT
TIP 7 – BE FLEXIBLE


































































































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