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What can I do for those students who always lose their homeworK?

Oct 26, 2013 4:38pm

Students have a place in their notebooks for homework, but still several students can not find their homework or have lost it. It is taking up needed copies for other needs to give a new copy everyday and at the same time it takes valuable time to look for the homework. Finally they share with others, but they look around instead of taking part.

  • Math
  • 3-5
  • Behavior / Engagement


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    • Oct 28, 2013 10:09am

      I have homework posted online. I have tried folders and they either lose folders or homework in the folders. I email parents with homework also when asked.

      • Nov 4, 2013 9:06am

        Although posting online will solve the symptom, the real problem is how do you get students to not lose their work in the first place.
        Organization needs to be taught at early ages and become a habit. For this you will need parent help to develop these habits. This is time consuming at first, but developing good habits will make or break a student in their later years.

        If possible I would start this way.
        1. Have them check their folder for all the needed work (you might want them to list the work that should be in it so they remember what to look for) before they go home with their parents. (if possible have their parents help them check)
        2. Have them work on their materials at home and (using the list) make sure all of the materials are back in the folder before they close it up.
        3. Check their folder again before they leave home. (again, against the list)

        The List is something that might want to be posted on line each night

        Setting up specific spots for work, books, papers, etc. both at home and at school will also help.

        • Oct 28, 2013 10:10am

          I am going to try a strategy group.

          • Nov 2, 2013 10:36am

            Edmodo is your best solution. Not only do they post online, but you can mark online, and your marks and comments are automatically saved into an online mark book. Better still, you can invite parents to see what students are doing, and they can see your marking.

            Best of all, your best examples can be posted for everyone in your class to learn and revise from. Joined up teaching, and less effort than chasing through a book.

            • Nov 4, 2013 2:26pm

              make them do it for detention for no credict
              that will teach them a lesson if that dosnt work then talk to there parrents about there problome with there hw

              • Jul 2, 2014 12:01pm

                There are a couple of ideas that come to mind as a solution for this problem. You could change your classroom procedure for turning in homework or submit homework electronically.

                Classroom procedures are taught and enforced beginning day one of class. You could have a folder that is meant strictly for homework and have the students to turn in their homework to this folder before the tardy bell rings.

                Something new that I have learned about is Google+. On Google+ you could create a community specifically for a class or for all of your students. When using Google+ you can upload assignments for the students and share it with them. There are two ways you can share a document. You can either share it with specific students or you can upload a document in the community for the students to access and they can copy it.

                If you choose the first option the students will then be able to access it through their Goggle drive. They can type on the document & you have it right there! If the students are working in groups you can send the document to the students in a particular group and all of the students can type on the assignment and you can see who has typed what. For the next option you could create a document for all students in a google community to see. The students could then copy the document and type away!

                Whichever option you decide to use you can be helpful. Let’s say you give an assignment that is due over time like a research paper there is room for you to give tips or notes on the side & highlight the portion of the paper that you are referencing.

                So not only have you made turning in homework more efficient, but you have given the students new resources to communicate, introduced them to new technology, and have record that every student has received the homework assignment.