Homework Concern: What To Do When Students DON’T Do It
There is a form on my website where I ask people to tell me their greatest concerns/challenges regarding homework. It is probably no surprise that a significant number of teachers have responded with comments like this:
- “No motivation.”
- “Students don’t do it.”
If you are like me, then you probably don’t have fond memories of homework yourself, but you likely did it.
It was not because you liked it.
It was not because you couldn’t find anything better to do. Yes, we had TV as kids. Some of us even had video games, too. We are not that old.
You did it because you wanted to get a good grade. Or, you did it to avoid having to answer to your mom who would give you “that look” and ground you until you were dead. Or, you did it because it just needed to be done.
So, the real question is, “Why don’t students seem to care about homework?” There are a variety of possible answers, but the best advice I can offer is this…
You, of course, can provide additional insight. Share your experiences with homework when you were younger and then explain why you value it as an adult. The more relevance children see to the “real world”, the more likely they are to value homework.
Meanwhile, I would venture to guess that many of their answers will sound like these:
- “What’s the point? Why do I need to do it?”
- “It takes too much time!”
- “Homework causes fights in our family.”
- “It’s just a couple of assignments…what’s the big deal?”
- “I lose my homework a lot.”
- “I don’t know how to do it.”
Each of these responses could inspire their own book, but we will settle for a few quick comments:
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