Heya, first year teacher here. I am working in Canada, at a small independent school, with about 15 per class. I teach Grades 6-9 Math and Science. Now, a question: How do some of you manage homework within the middle school environment, specifically for Math and Science? My current thoughts are this, feel free to make corrections. 1. Generally, each day practice work will be assigned. I plan to budget about 15 minutes for the students to finish it at home, and if they are not done in 30, tell them to stop and we will look at it tomorrow. The students have the answers for Math, so they can correct it themselves, and this will be part of the requirements. 2. Incomplete homework needs to be completed during the next piece of free time the student has (recess, lunch, prep period, etc). 3. I will record which questions the students do not complete, so as to have a record to show parents. (I'm reasonably tech savvy, use a little PDA, and can do this at the students desk, only takes a few seconds) Now, my concerns with my plan In regards to taking up homework, I plan to do this each day. I will take up questions that the majority of students had trouble with, if any, and any individual questions I will deal with during free work time/lunch. My concern is that students who did not complete the homework can simply copy some answers that we do on the board (probably the more challenging questions!), providing them with a reduced learning experience. On the other hand however, the point of the teacher going over work is to help students who didn't understand, so obviously they need to copy it! I don't see any way to differentiate between "I'm too lazy to do my work last night, so I will copy the board", and "I didn't get question 5, can we do it together". Part of me says that as long as they are paying enough attention to copying, they are actually learning something, and by this age, should be responsible for some of their learning. The other part says however that there should be SOME consequence for not completing work! So, I leave it to the guru's of this wonderful website to fill me in. What do you middle school teachers do with homework? How does it work? Mistakes you made when you first started? Thanks all!