Out of curiousity, how much homework does the average 6th grade teacher give? Personally, I don't give a lot. I don't usually assign hw, it would just be what was not finished during class. But I like to give work time, if I can fit it in, and a lot of my students finish their work during this time. My school's fifth grade teacher piles on the hw every night, and I always think that parents are comparing her class to my class by weighing the hw. My philosophy is, why send them home with work that we could finish in class, I KNOW they are doing it correctly, and it gets done? I am tired of banging my head against the wall fighting to get hw turned in, when obviously parents, and therefore students, don't make it a priority. Sure, there is the idea that it is supposed to teach responsbility, etc, but I had to ask myself, if they aren't turning it in, then what is the point?