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Is homework a dilemma for teachers, students, and parents at your school? Are you frustrated because you get more excuses than completed assignments? Here you will learn what others have done as they search for solution to this issue.

Homework Deals
Chris Quist's classroom version of the popular television game Deal or No Deal makes an appearance -- complete with "briefcases" and "prizes" -- nearly every Friday in her fifth grade classroom.

How Does Your School Handle the Homework Dilemma?
Do you have a school-wide policy? Do students earn a homework grade? What about late homework? Or the effects of homework zeros on student grades? Education World's "Principal Files" team members share their thoughts on those questions and others.

Got Questions? Ask the Homework Lady
The more homework students do, the more they learn, right? For too long, educators and parents have clung to that idea, according to "Homework Lady" Dr. Cathy Vatterott. Fewer, more focused assignments benefit students more, she says.

Backpack-tivities
These @Home learning activities provide teachers with simple and effective tools for involving parents in their children's education. They provide families with opportunities to spend time together -- learning with, from, and about one another.

Help for Homework Hassles
Quick tips designed to help teachers -- and students -- get the most out of homework assignments. Includes ideas for designing, organizing, collecting, and grading homework, as well as tips for getting students to actually complete the assignments!

Homework Club "Memberships" Grow
Attendance at homework clubs soon could rival the turnout for more traditional afterschool offerings. The clubs give students the help and structure they need to complete assignments. Included: Tips for organizing a homework club in your school.

Getting the Most Out of Homework
When teachers know how homework fits in with their lessons and students understand the purpose of assignments, homework is more productive and helpful for everyone. A consultant talks about how to make homework more meaningful.

Homework Study Hall: Mandatory "Make Up" for Missed Work
Startled by the large number of failing students, principal David Chambers made making up missed homework a mandatory activity. The policy has produced more honor students, raised GPAs, and improved teacher morale. Could it work for your school?

Author Does His Homework on Hot Topic
Homework is a must for a good education, right? Not necessarily, according to author John Buell. Revamping how much and what type of homework is assigned can create new opportunities for learning. Included: Ideas for changing the way you use homework.

Students Rule With 'Design Your Own Homework'
Teacher Valerie Grimes discovered a unique way to add interest to homework and get parents involved. Once each month, she lets students design their own assignments and report to the group about their activities. Will it work in your classroom?

Homework: A Place for Rousing Reform
Educator Brenda Dyck reflects on a year of shapeshifting -- a year in which she and her colleagues (begrudgingly, at first) came to a new understanding about the value and relevance of homework assignments.

Put an End to Homework Horror!
If your students don't complete homework, it may not be their fault -- it may be the assignments! Author Nancy Paulu has some advice. Also: Three educators share their best ideas for keeping students interested and on task. Plus links to homework policies.

Cyber Study Hall: A Guide to Homework Help Online
Cyber-savvy students can have their own personal e-homework helper just a mouse click away -- if they just know where to look! Included: Links to dozens of homework resources plus an e-interview with B. J. Pinchbeck, creator of Homework Helper.

Classroom Rewards Reap Dividends for Teachers and Students
All teachers prefer to rely on their students' intrinsic motivation to encourage them to come to school, do their homework, and focus on classroom activities, but many supplement the internal drive to succeed with external rewards.

Beat the Clock! -- Lessons in Time Management for Middle Graders
Is time management an issue for your students? Do their busy schedules and social lives prevent them from completing homework assignments? This free resource can help students learn to "beat the clock"! Included: Activities for teaching time management!

Homework Takes a Hit!
Ed World chats with John Buell, co-author of The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning. Buell makes a case for ending homework as we know it.

Help! Homework Is Wrecking My Home Life!
Students have long railed against homework; are they right? Just how much homework is too much? Education World chats with teachers and top experts -- including Howard Gardner, Carol Huntsinger, and Harris Cooper -- to find out.

Help for Homework Hassles!
So many things compete with homework for students' after-school time. How can teachers motivate students to do their homework? How should teachers handle kids who just don't care? Education World explores ways to ease homework hassles.

The Homework Dilemma: How Much Should Parents Get Involved?
Just what kind of parental involvement -- and how much involvement -- truly helps children with their homework? The most useful stance parents can take, many experts agree, is to be somewhat but not overly involved in homework.