Hand out monthly calendars that show all homework assignments, tests, and projects and when they are due. Stamp the calendar as students complete the assignments. The calendars may be collected and recorded weekly as part of the homework grade, or the teacher may choose to conduct random checks and award incentives to students who have submitted all of their assignments. If students keep the monthly calendars in their notebooks, then parents can check them for upcoming assignments and to be sure their children are keeping up.
A second approach to the homework calendar is a version that outlines all project due dates and test dates for each grading period. Students receive their calendars at the start of each new session and can plan their extracurricular activities around their schoolwork -- instead of the other way around. Parents also find it easy to monitor their children's homework and grades because they know when the most critical assignments and tests will be taking place.
Put an End to Homework Horror
(Education World, December 8, 2000)
Article by Cara Bafile
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