The start of the year is the perfect time for rethinking our routines and procedures.
Over the years, I've finally found a "tried and true" homework plan that works for me. First is to make students and families realize the importance of time management. Students are given a weekly after-school schedule to plug in their activities and responsibilities. This
forces encourages families to set a specific time to do homework, just as they schedule soccer and ballet. No more excuses for not having time! (Using this schedule also makes it visually evident if students are too over scheduled after school and don't have time to do their homework.)
Each day is assigned a particular subject or assignment. Children like to know what is to be expected; I used to run around willy-nilly copying "something" for homework. Not too meaningful; now there is a set schedule which not only makes it easy for me to plan and prepare, but it also helps to keep kids focused. You can grab your Homework Plan free here or by clicking on the picture below. Included in the plan are a parent rationale letter and other information forms for their homework folders.here or by clicking on the picture below.
There's a more in-depth post on classroom management coming, but read about some effective and fun ways to utilize music for classroom management!
We all have teacher's editions/guides and district mandates about how many minutes per week we need to teach what. . . But HOW to organize and teach students at ALL different levels? Differentiation. Whether you use a workshop approach or small groups or need meaningful independent work, differentiating content and methods is effective to meet your students' varying needs. Step by step directions are included in Creating Differentiated Independent Work. You can purchase your copy here or by clicking on the picture below.