Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Daily Report Homework Solution

Do you have a few students who can't seem to complete assignments and turn them in on time? Yet when you talk to their parents, you hear the story, "But he said he finished all his homework!" Sadly, these students may feel they are telling the truth because they forgot they even HAD homework. The problem with this scenario is that the problem can't be solved without the parents and teacher working together closely for a few weeks to find out where the system is breaking down. Parents can't make sure kids are doing homework if they don't know about assignments until the end of each week or, worse, when mid-term reports come out.

I created this Daily Report to help me stay in touch with parents and to make sure that problems are caught right away. Each day the student writes his or her homework down in a notebook or planner and brings it to show me along with this Daily Report form. I complete the boxes by writing an S, N, or U to show how the student's day has gone, and the student takes it home his or her parents to sign. If parents will set up simple incentives, like allowing the child to stay up late on Friday for a certain number of Satisfactory ratings, this report works very well to stop problems in their tracks.

You can download this Daily Report by clicking on the image above or by going to my Odds N Ends page on Teaching Resources. It's not something you want to use all year, but it is quite effective for getting students back on track. I hope you find it to be useful!


4 comments:

  1. Hi Laura! We do sort of the same thing at our school, but we use agenda mates and a color system for the behavior reports. It works really well, too. I'm lucky that my school bought agendas this year. Next year, I don't think we are going to be so lucky, so the log you put together just may be the ticket out of the homework doldrums!!

    I love your work, and have for years!

    Jennifer Harness Ayers

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  2. Thanks for leaving a comment, Jennifer! On my website on the Odds N Ends page there's a homework chart that you can run off on the back of this form so everything is together - next year if you don't have the agendas.

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  3. Dear Laura,
    I'm a Language Arts Coordinator in the UAE. We conducted a reading assessment and realized that more than half of the students were reading at or BELOW grade level. There is very little parental involvement and most of the students are English language learners. Do you have any suggestions to help me kick off reading incentives and interventions?

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