Free Homework passes

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  1. Heathermeister

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    I would like an opinion on my idea for giving out free homework passes. I thought that I would choose 2 secret days during the month where I will issue free homework passes to students who did ALL of their homework that day. My thinking is that students won't know which day will be the secret day, so this will encourage them to turn in their homework every day. Maybe this is wishful thinking on my part.:lol:
     
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    I like that idea! My homework passes sometimes only allow them to skip one assignment instead of all of them. But I like your secret day idea:) I might have to borrow that if you don't mind. :lol:
     
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    My homework passes will only be good for one assignment as well. I was just trying to think of a good way to issue them. I don't want to give out too many so I thought that twice a month would be sufficient.
     
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    I really like your idea! I might try that with my 3rd graders. :)
     
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    One idea for giving out no homework passes is as a reward from the "clean desk fairy". The students with the cleanest desk on random checks could be rewarded. I have seen teachers give no homework passes as a reward to a student for recalling a particular idea from a previous lesson when most of the class has forgotten it.
     
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    I think that this year I am going to give each child a card and punch it for each day they have all their homework done. Then after 5 or so punches they get a free homework pass.
     
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    Heathermeister, I like your idea and think I am going to try something similar :)
     
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    I like your idea! For holidays, I give out homework passes with a pencil. They can use it for one written assignment.
     
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    I have a "500 club" in my classroom. Everytime a student earns a 100 on any test or quiz, they receive a homework pass. They are allowed to use it on any one assignment of their choice. (unless it is a report, imp. assign, etc.)
    The way I keep track is this. I have a class incentive chart that the students add a sticker to when they get their perfect paper back. When they earn their first five, they enter the club. A big star with their name is added to the board, and they get their pass. They then work to get a 2nd, 3rd.
    I have found this to be an awesome motivator, and a way to reward those kids who have worked hard.
     
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    I give homework passes to students on their birthdays. No one wants to do homework on that night, and it excuses them from all their homework. In kindergarten, that is only 1-2 easy activities.

    I also give homework passes during fundraising time. There is usually a class incentive. I set a goal for my class, and if we reach it, then everyone that helped gets however many homework passes I promised.

    This year, I am planning on giving the students one for Christmas-we're still allowed to celebrate it here.:)
     
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    I dont mean to rain on the party, but...

    I give a "no homework note" ticket.

    it's a little different insomuch as the students are responsible to do their homework everyday. (I'm a slight sourpuss for birthdays, because if a child's birthday falls on a saturday, they dont have any homework assigned for "saturday" but if it falls on a wednesday, they get it off? not fair in some eyes, so the homework note ticket clears up the problem.)

    I'm a "in the real world" type of person, so all primary teachers hate some of the advice I offer. Take it or leave it. I say, used it or pass it on. In the real world you need to do your job, even on your birthday. you celebrate in the evening, and the next day is a little harder to focus. Do you work harder during the day to finish all that needs to be done so you can party? I do, my friends do, maybe you do too. So should our students so that they are guilt free on their birthday evening. I even offer a homework club during each lunch recess for kids to finish their work during the day to have less homework in the evenings... I'm off on a tangent, sorry :)

    everyday the homework must be done, or you fill out a homework note. these notes are signed by the parents and I keep them in a homework note binder. During parent teacher interviews I bring them out if the parents quabble over the card's grades.

    Also if the student accumulates 4 notes, they earn a 1 weeks pass in the homework club(lunch recess for bus people, and also available after school for 30 minutes) If they are lucky and the week is a shorter week they do not owe me a fifth day.

    During club hours, I do my marking, and the usual day to day activities at the end of the school day. I also offer one on one tutoring to the kids that need help with their homework. They get the attention that they miss while the rest of the class is present, and they get their homework done, thus resulting in fewer homework notes. The club is open to anyone, even students from other classes, but if you dont get your homework done in my class, and accumulate 4 notes, it's 1 week of you and me.

    So...

    Back to the free homework passes. Good ideas, I'm just adding what I do to the pile.

    Questions?

    Mr. Skinner :D
     
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    I think Mr. Skinner is right for a middle school or high school teacher. When I did middle i never gave free homework because in life you gotta do what you gotta do! But in elm homework really depends on the parents helping and monitoring their child sometimes. So I like the hw pass on your birthday. Then its not showing any favoritism and then everyone gets one, eventually. For the people whose b -days are in the summer I guess they wont get one until June. I also like the idea of the clean desk fairy. He or she should give out hw passes too!
     
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    I agree with MsKay, no homework pass is okay for older kids. However, in our state, the academic requirements for our kids are a lot harder than they were even 10 years ago. Yes- they can do it, but they also need to still be kids. They love getting a homework pass for their birthday. The other pass(es) they might get during fundraisers are usually saved by the parents for nights that are truly hectic- dance recital practice, sports game late nights, etc. They are very rarely used just because.

    I also like the clean desk fairy.

    FYI, the summer birthday kids get a special celebration day during the last month of school. On the day that we celebrate their birthday early, they get their homework pass that day. We give homework until almost the last week of school. During the last week, we don't assign any homework.:haha:
     
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    If only some kid gets it from the clean desk fairy, what happens to those kids who just CAN'T keep a clean desk (ADHD, other processing issues, development?) Sometimes there is a child who is really anal or something and will always have their things perfectly neat. They would always get it, or get it a lot of the time. I have seen people leave treats for clean desks from the clean desk fairy, and once in ahwile is fine, but I think you should probably have more ways than one to get a free HW pass. Think about how to make awards applicable to all kinds of strengths, and all kinds of people, not just the type A personalities that schools idealize.

    If your kids sit in table groups, and you have mixed groups of abilities at each table, you can give a pass to the whole group for cooperation.

    You can give kids a pass on their birthdays (or half birthday for summer b-days.)

    You can give kids a pass for a month of HW turned in daily.

    Or for running an errand for you (have that child who isn't "good" at much else do them for you.)
     
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    I agree that there are some kids who can not keep their desk clean no matter how hard they may try. I had two last year who were good students but were a mess no matter what.

    Reading all these posts now I have decided to give homework passes (if I do, I am still deciding) after they have turned in 15 assignments, and if I notice an extra good job on a test or on a group activity. I have students that I know get no help from home and have major learning disabilities so I need to allow them to get the passes also.
     
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    Although every student may not earn a pass from the clean desk fairy, it is a good incentive for some students. Also, the prizes do not have to be given out only for perfection, but can be given for progress, too. This should, however, not be the only way passes are given.

    I really like the idea of keeping a chart and letting students into the club when they have perfect scores on assignments. This method would not work for everyone either, but in life not everyone gets prizes. Offering no homework passes given when students complete a certain number of homework assignments is also a great idea, (and still not all children will do their homework, although most will) too!

    No homework passes are good incentives and rewards for students who are diligently working. At the very least it shows that their efforts are noticed. Having a variety of ways to earn them (although not too many) can be good.
     
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    I've battled with this over the years too. Part of me doesn't want to reward someone with something that's expected, however, given the times.... Besides, if your next lesson is dependent upon the work being completed, is it best to let a student cash in their pass?

    I track my students' homework completion on a board up front. At the end of each month, those with perfect records get a token prize (gum, pencil, whatever) and are mentioned in the monthly newsletter. The thing I find is, it's always the same kids - give or take - that are getting rewarded. A homework pass might get a few to change some habits but generally, if repeat offenders aren't doing homework, I'm not so sure a pass will be enough of an incentive. I do like the desk fairy idea, even if just for rewarding a neat desk. Perhaps a free pass in my class could be used to erase the one hiccup that kept him/her from being perfect that month. Hmmm...
     
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    I give homework passes for a few things, but they can only be used on part of their homework. Never for math or reading logs, only one side of one other assignment.

    I really like the idea of randomly picking days to give one to everyone who turned in their homework. I think I will do it the second day (yes, I'm a mean teacher that gives homework the first day. It's a friendly letter to me telling about themselves.) and maybe the third as well to get them excited and then wait for awhile. Depending on how it goes, my random days might not be so random. If I see homework is slipping, I'll make that a day to give them out.
     
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    In regards to rewarding homework....
    A teacher in my school has a special breakfast each quarter for all students who have done all of their homework. (i think she allows 1 or 2 missed assignments). She sends a special invitation home to parents, and kids arrive 1/2 hour before school starts. She serves toasted bagels, donuts, muffins and juice. Each quarter the number of kids who attend the breakfast always goes up. It really has been a great motivator, and although I ususally do not like to reward my students with candy and food, I may be okay with doing it 4 times a year, and may try it this year.
     
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    I do have homework passes....but they have to earn them. Each child in my class has a sticker chart. I make my own with 25 spots for those little round stickers. When they fill up the sticker chart they go to the treasure chest. I have homework passes in there with other passes and toys. My homework passes are for 2 nights of free homework. The child is responsible for hanging on to the homework pass until they decide to use it. If it's lost...oh well. I tell the kids that they might want to save it for a "rainy day" when they forget their homework at school, if soccer practice went late or what ever might happen in the life of a child. Oh...they can only use it once a week...and I make the parents initial the homework pass or homework that is sent home so I know they "ok" the use of the homework pass.
     
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    I love the idea of a special breakfast!! I think that I will try that this year along with special lunches sometimes! I think that will be a great incentive for my 2nd graders. And I can designate special breakfast's for homework assignments turned in all month & leave the special lunches for reading logs completed!! Thanks for that idea!:2up:
     
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    At my school, some teachers have the kids who had perfect homework for the month named over the morning announcements. That's pretty cool for them, and their siblings love it! I'm going to try and do it this year...part of my organization resolution!

    Also, I have my kids clean out their desks once a week to help combat the problem of messy desks. They take EVERYTHING out, get a Clorox wipe, wipe out the inside and outside of their desk, put all loose papers back in the correct folders, and put things back neatly in their desks. I usually do this every Friday. It doesn't take too long, and it helps the kids stay a bit more organized! I check all of the desks, too, when they are done.
     
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    I give homework passes too. In the past they were used an incentive to master timed math tests each quarter, as a prize on Homeworkopoly, job well done, etc. I give pencils for birthdays though-seems the kids are always going through them like crazy and taking mine! I let them use the pass on one daily assignment assigned by me. That is, they can't be used on projects, long range assignments, tests, or any homework given by another teacher. I know they need a break now and then to be kids. I don't mind HW passes since most daily stuff is review anyway.
     

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