Like most folks here I’ve got a jam-packed schedule and often feel like there’s just not enough time in the day. Story of our lives, I suppose. We do morning announcements as a whole school in the Gym, so we don’t get into our classroom until anywhere between 8:20 and 8:30, and I’m supposed to start Math at 8:30. That often doesn’t happen because we’ve got to unpack, do attendance, lunch count, hand in notes (I’ve got a basket for that) and copy homework. I've resigned myself to the fact that our day doesn't really "start" until 8:40 Most of my kids have gotten really good at copying their homework, and I want to have some other morning work for them to do so they're not causing trouble (journal, calendar stuff, etc.) but I’ve got a handful of kids who often just don’t get their HW copied, even by the end of the day. They really just don’t have the self-discipline to work independently and are soooo slow moving. Whenever we're doing any sort of independent work I often have them sit with me (or another teacher if I'm lucky enough to get one in the room) so they stay on task. What do I do about them? They’re not going to be able to get the additional morning work done. Do I hold it against them & send it for HW? I don’t want to keep them in at recess b/c they’ll never get to go. Do I just excuse them from it? I want to do what’s appropriate for each kid, but I don’t want the higher functioning kids to feel like they can just choose not to do it either. Thanks! Happy New Year!