My first year teaching I gave homework nightly. The students put their homework in their BEE Books (they were just poly folders) and brought them back to school. Every morning they took out their BEE Book, I walked around and checked homework while they did their morning work. Checking homework every morning took a chunk of my time, but most kids brought their BEE Books and the kids who didn't have their homework completed it right there in the AM. They had a reading log which was in a sheet protector in the BEE Book and each night they'd record what they read and on Friday I would check the reading log in addition to the homework. This year, I did a weekly homework packet which was collected on Friday. At the beginning of the year I would have each child take out their BEE Book and I'd check them for notes every day. After a while I just asked each table, "Does anyone have any notes for me?" Soon the BEE Books started disappearing and they lost them or didn't take them out. Part of this was my fault for not keeping up with the routine, I guess. Kids were getting disorganized because when they checked their mailboxes, they didn't put their papers in the "Bring Right Back" or "Left at Home" pockets. They just shoved them in their backpack. I had a few kids who didn't even bring a backpack, even when the social worker gave them new backpacks!! So anyway, here is my question: I want to do weekly homework packets again next year. Does anyone have an idea how I can help my kids bring their folders every day? Should I check them every day? Should I collect them or just check them as I walk around the room? I want to hold them accountable for bringing it - but sometimes it's not the kids fault, even when we talk about how it's the child's responsibility. The parents play a big part too. I was thinking about having a basket where they turn it in to every day. I would have to look through them for notes, I suppose. Then at the end of the day I will dismiss them to pack up by calling their name and giving them their BEE Book. Sorry so long. What do you think?