We are encouraged by our principal to give homework every.single.night. It doesn't have to be written work but there should be something academic for the students to work on - reading, longterm projects. For the last few years I have wound up assigning some sort of written work every night. I no longer wish to grade that many papers. I would like to switch to quality of assignments over quantity. I am thinking of something like an informal essay due once a week on whatever text we're working with at the moment, or a related text (subject is English, grade 11). The other 4 nights I would like to keep as just read, or read and take notes, or work on a longer-term assignment. Potential issues I see: - Students not taking homework seriously because it's only once a week. - Students leaving their homework until the last minute because they "forget" to do it. - Students not doing the reading/notetaking I ask them to do n other nights because they don't feel accountable for it. - Parents and admins thinking I don't give enough homework. Does anyone else have a minimal written homework policy, either officially or not? Are my potential issues reasonable, and/or do you have ideas for dealing with them? In conjunction with this I am thinking about implementing a no-late-homework policy, or at least a stricter late-work policy than my current, which is basically turn it in when you can but everything is -50%.