I have a few parents that wanted me to email the homework in the beginning of the school year. Being a new teacher and wanting to do the right thing for my students, I agreed. Now, I'm kicking myself. Today I was running late with a meeting and then had to take care of something personal right after I left work. I totally forgot to email the homework; I know that makes me look bad as a teacher, but I'm starting to regret my decision to do this. My students are in the 4th grade and I'm finding that the ones I email the homework are being completely irresponsible with assignments. They don't even make the effort to take any of the materials home or even try writing the assignments in their planner; one day I went over the homework and one student asked if I was going to make sure I emailed this to his mother. E-mailing the homework is creating more work for me and not teaching them any responsibility. How can I make the shift to make the students more accountable and stop this emailing of homework! We're in the 4th grade! In less than two years, they'll make the move to the middle school next door and they need to learn how to do this stuff!