What to do about Missing Work?
|The age old
question - what to do about missing work??? Here are a few suggestions
from eMINTS teachers . . .
have used tickets. If they turn in their homework all week, they
get a ticket. They one ticket on Friday for reading all week and
then one ticket for the other assignments. Then at the end of
the month we have store and they can use their tickets to buy
things like drinks or snacks. I have even starting baking for
the store and they really like that!
Mandy McCutchen, Southwest Accelerated School
||I have a
standing policy in my room that requires the student to call their
parents when they don't have their homework completed. They have
to go to the Principal's office to make their phone call, so that
also involves the principal. I send out a letter at the beginning
of the year that requires parent/guardian signature. This way
I can make sure that everyone involved is aware of what is going
to happen. I do allow the student to stay in recess and finish
it. If it is not finished and handed in that day they get a zero
on the assignment. This is my third year of enforcing this and
I do not have a problem getting my homework turned in. I made
sure I discussed this with my principal before hand, without administration
support it would not work.
at our school are required to have an assignment book, which they
purchase from the school at the beginning of the year. Every day
my students have to write down their assignments. I have student
helpers who collect homework the every day. Each student who gets
all of their homework turned in on time (first thing in the morning)
gets a sticker in their assignment book. When they get ten stickers,
they get a no homework coupon that is good for one assignment.
When they get 100 stickers they get a coupon good for one day
with no homework. This has worked very well for my class. You
will always have one or two students that nothing seems to work.
I usually have them miss recess to get caught up.
Linda Yarnell, Crocker R-II Schools
get marbles in a jar if all work is turned in. When the jar is
full we have some sort of reward in class (popcorn party, art
of years ago, I let the students put their name on a piece of
paper everytime they turned in a homework assignment. I would
draw names for prizes, lunch, etc. out of this group. I like the
reward system instead of the punishment system. I also like the
idea of making the students more responsible for their own homework.
years ago one of our teachers discovered a program called Zeros
Aren't Permitted (Z.A.P. for short). As stated in the brocure
we send to the parents, Z.A.P. is not to be mistcontrued as
a form of discipline, but that failure is not acceptable that
students should strive to do their best. The following is a
general description of how the program works: If a student fails
to turn in a completed assignment on the day that it is due,
the teacher sends a note (known as a ZAP slip) to the principal.
The student completes the form and the teacher signs it and
forwards it to the principal. Even on the first occasion, a
consequence must be assigned. (Our students usually serve lunch
detention to complete the assignment.) The principal will then
contact the parents. (Usually the ZAP is mailed to the parents.)
this is not a cure all, but it has elimated some of the problem.
It helps maintain good contact between the student, teacher,
principal, and parent. Students usually don't want to get a
ZAP because they know their parents will know they are not doing
their homework. Students who don't get ZAPPED are also rewarded.
has a ZAP policy for grades 5-12. This is an excellent program
for reducing the number of missing assignments. As a 6th grade
teacher, I like this program. ZAP stands for Zeros Aren't Permitted.
If students fail to turn in an assignment, the student completes
a ZAP form and gives it to the principal. The student remains
in the prinicpal's office during recess time and completes the
assignment. The student is required to write a letter home to
the parent about the ZAP. The student, principal, and parent must
sign the note. After the assignment is turned in, the student
can not get better than 70%. If the student fails to turn in the
assignment, then a 9th hour occurs. There is more to this policy.
We reward those students not receiving ZAPs. The principal gives
them 20-30 minutes of recess time and food treats at the end of
the quarter. This program is working and it helps to keep the
students aware of completing homework assignments.
had this problem until this year. I stumbled across a game board
called homeworkoply. It looks like a monopoly board and I printed
it out. I taped it to an unused part of my chalkboard and made
magnetic markers for each kid in my class. Each day that the kids
do their homework, they get to roll the dice and move around the
board. Some of the spaces have prizes attateched to them like
community lunchbox they get a piece of candy or chance, they draw
a chance card and so on. My kids love playing Homeworkoply, even
though they don't get a prize every day, they do their homework
to have the chance. If they don't do their homework I have them
do it at recess time. The game board and complete directions are
at this site: http://www.teachnet.com/homeworkopoly/
Hope this helps.
Tina Monks, 3rd grade Indian Creek Elementary
use a late homework notice listing the missing work. The student
takes it home and the parent has to sign. After three of these
in one month the student has to go to ALC (alternative learning
center similar to ISS) to complete all missing work. It starts
over every month. However I have not had to use that this year
because I also do assignment sheets everyday. I pass them out
on Monday morning and they copy their assignments down throughout
the day at the end of the day I go around and initial each child's
assignment sheet and review what homework they may or may not
have. This works really well because its at the end of the day
and some students (believe it or not) have forgotten what we have
done at the beginning of the day. I highlight all HOMEWORK and
then they get it ready. On Thursdays the have to take the assignment
sheet home and have parents sign and bring it back on Friday.
If they don't it's one recess if they don't bring it back on Monday
it's both and then it's over. I do not drag it out forever. This
has really helped this year so much I haven't had the missing
work like I did last year and I know this is part of the reason.
I hope this has helped.
have a class full of chronic offenders. I check names off first
thing in the morning. No homework...whether they did it and forgot
it or they are working on it right then ...no recess and they
get a homework slip and a reduced grade. A Homework slip is a
small slip that has their name, the assignment and they have to
explain why they didn't fulfil their fourth grade duties. Two
homework slips in one week is an after school detention to be
served in my room from 3:30-4:30. Parent must pick them up. Also,
any assignment missing for more than two days is a zero in the
grade book, but they still have to do it and get it signed by
a parent. It is pretty rough for the first month, but since the
first month of school I have given very few detentions or zeros.
Parents all sign agreements to this the first day of school.
Tricia Anderson, Fourth Grade, Veterans Elementary Hanniabl, MO
have had a system that seems to work fairly well. When I collect
assignments, I use classroom numbers. I can see very easily who
hasn't turned an assignment in. If # 5 does not have her assignment
in, she must write what I call an "excuse". She must
write the date, subject, assignment and the reason for not having
the assignment. At the end of the week they transfer all these
"excuses" to a shorter form that's on one sheet. This
goes home to the parent for a signature on Monday. (I copy the
one page shorthened version before sending it home.)
If the student has
no missing assignments for the week, they receive a positive
note saying all assignments were turned in for the week, and
a homework coupon which entitles them to a free pass on one
assignment. The ones who took excuses home, must get a signature
from the parent. If the paper doesn't come back on Tuesday,
the student sits recess. By Wednesday, if I still don't have
the signed paper, I mail a copy home. The student sits recess
until I get the paper back signed.
I have a tracking
sheet with each student's name on a spreadsheet, beside their
name for each day is: warning, 1,2,3,4,5. I use this to keep
track of their behavior for the week. If they have a missing
assignment I circle warning, the next misbehavior or missing
assignment for the day will be circled 2, then 3 , etc. I also
make note (exc.SS) meaning on that day the Social Studies assignment
wasn't turned in. I can then look at the assignment sheet for
that week to see what the Social Studies assignment for that
day was, and know what is missing. This also covers me with
emints this year it seems to be just one more thing to do, but
they love getting that homework pass. If they have 30 positive
notes at the end of the year, they receive a special treasure.
(I usually pick up some small stuffed animals, balls, or other
toys from the Dollar store.)
also use HomeworkOpoly. I started this year and the kids really
look forward to playing. You can even personalize your Chance
and Community Lunchbox cards! Everytime my kids Pass Go! they
get to pick a prize out of a basket (these are little dollar store
type items including bounce balls, animal figures, small slinkies).
There are still some that rarely play, which I see as a problem.
(On a positive note, one student who rarely plays got to play
two weeks ago and is working very hard to keep playing, so far,
it is two weeks in a row!)
I also have my students fill out an assignment sheet everyday.
The assignment sheet is also posted on my webpage, which I update
daily so students and parents can see what homework really is.
We have a Morning Work room every morning before school. If a
student is missing work (or is absent) I make sure they get the
assignment and get to the work room. A teacher is in the room
every day to help those who need it. This seems to help some of
those chronic offenders, though they are also usually late to
Cristina Hulsopple, 3rd Grade Teacher, Adair County R-I Elementary
had a money system in our classroom. Every Friday students would
be paid for attendance, homework & grades, a classroom job,
and citizenship. Of course the children had to complete the forms
and do the mathematics. They would then write the check. I would
verify their mathematics and sign the check. It then would be
deposited in the classroom bank. The students wanted to have a
nice size check and would work at completing work and doing well
on assignments and tests. Once the students understood the forms
and the system it would only take about 10-15 minutes of every
did the money thing too, only I gave them cash and then they had
to figure the tax (I just did 3 cents on the dollar.) Then we
had a store where they could buy things, but only if they could
figure out what they owed and what their change should be. It
took a little while on Friday afternoon but it did work.
type up a homework assignment sheet each week and send it home
in their homework folder. Each day it is signed by the parents
and returned with completed homework in the child's folder. I
have a student from each group collect the folders in the morning
making sure that they receive a folder from each person in their
group. While students complete their morning work (or during my
plan time) I quickly go through each folder, pull out the homework,
then initial the parent's signature (this lets the parents know
that I did receive the work). I then list the homework page number
or include the worksheet for that day's homework. Anyone who did
not complete their homework has to serve detention on Thursday
or Friday to complete their work. (This time is during their recess
time.) I have had very positive feedback from the parents and
I receive almost 100% participation from parents. Parents love
to see on Mon. what to expect for homework the rest of the week.
I try to keep it very basic. Exact page numbers are not listed
on the sheet. I write the page numbers or include the worksheet
on the day that homework is to be completed. Students know that
they will be held accountable for their homework. If homework
is missing I write that down on their homework assignment sheet
for the parents. Parents also know that I see these homework assignment
sheets each day and therefore write notes or concerns to me on
the homework sheet. I always write back to them that day, or if
it is real important, I give them a phone call. I do deduct 10%
from late work papers. Good luck.
Linda Harmon, 4th Grade teacher
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