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How should we respond to a student who does not do his/her homework?

Jun 18, 2014 12:53am

I teach middle school students. I think a teacher should show in a way that he/she is serious about howeworks. I think homeworks/individual work of the student at home is crucial to maintain class learning and discipline. Is calling family a good way for teacher-parent collaboration and making student understand the seriousness of homeworks? What do you think?

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    • Jun 19, 2014 10:59am


      At the last middle school I worked at, we had automatic parent phone calls that went out when kids didn't complete their homework. We set up an all-call and at the end of the day, teachers would send a student down with the list of names of students who did not complete their homework. The calls would go out automatically to parent phones and their email. It was a great system as parents knew right away if work was not completed.


      • Jun 20, 2014 7:50pm

        I think that could be a good idea at first. Sometimes parents are totally clueless about any homework the child may or may not have. However, some circumstances I ran into (working in an Alternative Middle School classroom) is that some parents do not really care if their child does homework or not. We would have our students stay in during their recess to work on their homework. This seemed to really get our point across and the kids were more likely to get everything finished. We also participated a lot in class projects that students who did not finish their homework would not be allowed to participate in. The kids hated not being able to be involved in these groups.

        • Jun 24, 2014 6:07pm

          Try reaching out to the student first. Just asking them "Anything going on?" might be more effective than anything, because it gives them someone to talk to. They will also respect you for realizing that they are responsible for their own learning, not their parents. I do realize that younger students may need that parent to step in, but the older kids (probably 6th grade and up) might just need some verbal encouragement from you.

          • Jun 26, 2014 5:46pm

            I think that you should use several methods including contacting the parents or guardians and possibly setting up a conference with the parents and student. During the conference you could assess the level of parental concern regarding completion of homework. If the parents don't show concern, that may be the underlying issue. You could then talk one on one and let him know that you will help him since his parents do not. From there you could start working individually with the student or setup peer teach groups with him to model doing homework and turning it in on time. If he had a homework buddy that may help to inspire him and he may start doing the right thing.

            • Jun 18, 2014 9:12am

              I think you should give them a little bit more time to finish it