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Managing Homework

Homework is an essential part of your students' lives. It builds skills and responsibility. It can also be the biggest thorn in the life of any educator. How to keep track of homework, what weight to give it, and what to do if students don't do it are issues most teachers face. Teachers can learn from their colleagues about strategies for effectively handling homework.

Learn More About Homework
Education World has published several articles about managing homework. You can learn more by reading the following articles:

Put an End to Homework Horror
Advice for teachers who want to make the most out of schoolwork done at home. Three educators share their best ideas for keeping students informed, interested, and on task. Plus links to a handful of school homework policies.

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

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.

Homework Takes a Hit!
John Buell, co-author of The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning, 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? How much homework is too much? Experts, including Howard Gardner, offer their thoughts.

Help for Homework Hassles!
How can teachers motivate students to do their homework? How should teachers handle kids who just don't care?

Special Theme Page: Homework
Find many more articles from the Education World archive on this special theme page.

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