3 Ways to Make Your Students & Parents Love Homework

Does homework always seem like a dreaded chore? Here are three helpful tips that will make engaging and effective assignments both enjoyable, and beneficial for your students.

Homework doesn’t have to be a dreaded part of school. With a little creativity and planning, it can become a fun and meaningful extension of classroom learning. In this blog post, we’ll explore three strategies to make this a positive experience for both students and parents. By giving students ownership, encouraging collaboration, involving parents, providing encouragement and rewards, and keeping assignments concise, you’ll see how homework can be something everyone loves.

1. Choose Homework Quality Over Quantity

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Firstly, if you are choosing to assign homework it should be about quality over quantity. It should have a clear focus and purpose. The purpose of homework is skill practice and homework should only be assigned as such. Keep assignments concise to prevent overwhelm and help students complete tasks effectively.

Tips for ensuring you don’t overwhelm with homework quantity:

  • Set time limits for each task to encourage focused effort without burnout. For example, only assign skill practice that takes 5-10 minutes.
  • Focus on specific skills that need daily practice over difficult assignments that will lead to struggle and frustration.
  • Focus on quality rather than quantity.
  • Foster ownership through choice and relevance. Consider offering a variety of options related to the same learning objective, allowing students to choose the task that resonates with them.
  • Introduce real-world scenarios and practical applications to show the relevance of homework to students’ lives.
  • Use a weekly homework “system” that limits what students need to do each day. For example, have them practice Math on Mondays, Language on Tuesdays, Writing on Wednesdays, etc.

An example of one week of homework from my 2nd Grade Homework Sets can be seen in the photo above.

2. Help Parents & Guardians Stay Involved

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Secondly, you will want to consider the adults in your students’ lives. Involving parents & guardians in the homework process creates a strong support system that enhances the overall homework experience. Clear communication and guidance can help parents understand the purpose of homework and how they can contribute to their child’s success.

Tips for Creating a Partnership with Parents & Guardians:

  • Keep parents & guardians informed about homework tasks and objectives through newsletters or communication platforms.
  • Provide discussion points and activities for parents to engage their children in meaningful conversations about homework.
  • Make sure all resources for help and clarification are accessible and available to parents & guardians.
  • Consider that not all households look the same, and have the same schedule, resources, availability, etc. Take all contributing factors into account when deciding what type of homework would be best for your students.

3. Provide Encouragement and Rewards

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Lastly, positive reinforcement can significantly impact a student’s perception of homework. Offer words of encouragement, acknowledgments, and even small rewards to recognize their effort and completion of assignments.

Helpful Homework Encouragement Tips:

  • Send personalized notes or messages praising students for their dedication to homework tasks.
  • Implement a reward system that offers incentives, such as extra free time or a special privilege, for consistent and well-done homework.
  • Engage in classroom discussion of the importance of skill practice. Emphasize that homework is meant for skill building, not measuring mastery.

Other Tips for Making Homework Work for You and Your Students:

  • Make homework interesting & engaging – create fun activities or completion boards like a scavenger hunt, bingo boards, or crossword puzzles.
  • Encourage collaboration between students – have them work together to complete assignments and build relationships.
  • Give continuous feedback on homework – check it regularly and provide personalized feedback to each student.
  • Utilize technology when possible – use tools like video conferencing for virtual group projects or online quizzes for practice.
  • Offer rewards for completing tasks – give out small rewards like stickers or extra credit points to motivate students.
  • Make it easily accessible – provide links to resources and assignments online so that parents can monitor their child’s progress too.

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