2 Questions: 1) How do you get kids to do your closure activity in the last 5 minutes of class? I teach bell to bell per our building policy, but many students do not do the 5 minute closure activity, though it is managable (all who do the activity get it done correctly in 5 or less minutes). 2) How do I get kids to do homework? Not assigning homework is not an option and obviously I make it relevant, managable (15 minutes or less per night) and worth points. I try to make it interesting, but my kids just tell me-- "We don't do homework." Lots of teachers in my building have given up assigning it altogether. A lot of people say if the kids see it as worth while they'll do it, but my students don't see school as worthwhile. Most of my students want to do manual labor as soon as they can graduate or drop out. I digress. I was saying, I assign homework and they can't pass without doing it--so I have students who are failing ( a lot more than I would like) and who cannot participate the next day because they didn't do the assignment. Then at the end of every quarter they want to do every single assignment, which is senseless because then it's pretty much a meaningless cram session of half-assed work. The real problem is these kids do it every semester--that is they do no work until the last 2 weeks of every quarter and then they do all their assignments and turn them in and all their parents and other teachers expect this to be okay. It's not okay with me to slack off and then be able to turn work in late. Ideas...? BTW, I teach English (if that matters) to kids who mostly don't like reading and writing with very low self-efficacy and sense of self-worth.