I heard this in a classroom management training that was part of our orientation yesterday and I thought it was really interesting. This guy is a middle school principal, so it's very possible my P won't feel the same way and we'll have to go with a different school policy anyway, but I thought it was worth discussing anyway. He was talking about "picking your battles" and that in low SES districts there are so many things that are out of your control as a teacher (home life, parent support, etc.) that really effect how well kids do in the classroom. His point was that you need to really focus on what you can change in the classroom rather than focusing on outside factors that you can't change. Then he brought up homework and mentioned that it wasn't one of his "battles" because if kids don't have a permanent home or are worrying about just getting food for the night, of course they can't always sit down and do it. He said his policy was "change the consequence, not the expectation" because you should think about the benefits for the 50% or even 30% of kids who actually are doing the homework. So rather than not giving homework because many don't turn it in anyway, you should give it but not necessarily have big consequences for not turning it in. I thought this was interesting and it's something I've been worried about for next year. In my last position I didn't give homework, but in classrooms they only had about a 40-50% turn-in rate, and kids had to stay in at recess to do it. Literally 10-12 kids from every class would have to go in at recess, every single day, meaning that the teacher had to stay in and babysit them rather than eating in the lounge or getting work done, and then the student didn't get any recess time to blow off steam either. We usually only had one person on recess duty, and we went out even though it was snowing most of the time, so "sitting on the wall" or doing it outside was just not an option. I always thought that probably wasn't the best policy, but I also struggle with the idea that you say the homework is "required" but then don't have a consequence for kids that don't return it. I'm afraid that would somehow transfer to the rest of your classroom management (well, she didn't mean it when she said I had to turn this HW in, so she doesn't mean __________ either). I am planning to do a reward/incentive chart for kids that bring it back, but I'm not sure what I'm going to do for kids that don't yet. This will likely be decided by school policy anyway, but I still thought it was an interesting topic. What do you think?