Homework?

Discussion in 'Second Grade' started by Gracefullyloved, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. Gracefullyloved

    Gracefullyloved New Member

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    Jul 17, 2015

    Hi all! I'm new here I am moving from teaching kindergarten at a private school to teaching 2nd at a public school this year. I'm currently thinking through some things and have questions about homework.

    For those who teach 2nd do you assign homework nightly? If so how do you hand it out (do the students have a homework log where they can record the nights assignment? Or just given the worksheet to complete?)
    Do you collect it daily? If so do you correct and return? Or just record that it was turned in?
    Does anyone give incentives for students to complete homework?

    I know this is a lot of questions but would greatly appreciate feedback on different homework procedures!
    Thanks
     
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  3. miss-m

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    Jul 17, 2015

    I student taught 2nd grade. My CT and I gave homework on a weekly basis, but it had portions that needed to be done daily (so they could work ahead, but they still got counted off for not having that day's work done.) They had spelling all year, and we started sending math home later in the year for them to practice whatever basic skills they still needed or we were working on. Handing out all new homework on Monday worked well; they kept it in a binder and we checked for completion every morning while they ate breakfast. Each student also had a calendar where we recorded whether the homework was complete, incomplete, or missing along with daily behavior. Parents were asked to sign the calendar each week to make sure that they were seeing the homework completion and behavior.

    It was all differentiated for spelling -- we always had at least three different spelling lists each week (one for our special ed. boys, one for the main chunk of the class, and one for our really high readers/spellers). We didn't collect much of the homework really; it was for the students to learn the spelling words and practice math skills, so any assessing of comprehension was done as we checked it in the morning and through regular classwork and quizzes.


    As for incentives... if the student completed his or her homework every day for a week, they got to eat lunch in the classroom with my CT and I on Mondays. If they didn't finish, they had to do it at recess (unfortunately for some of our kids this was the only way it got done...). It worked pretty well, though we did end up with the same group of kids most Mondays at lunch!
     
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    I taught second last year. I only had two types of homework: a weekly reading log (that I HATED but was required to send home) and an almost nightly math workbook page. I only checked in the reading log because it was required by my admin, but it had no impact on grades. The incentive was a weekly sticker and a quarterly award based on completion. The math workbook page was optional, although I didn't advertise that fact to the students, only their parents. I didn't ever have the kids copy down an assignment. It would take WAY too long for second graders to do that. They're much more capable than kindergarteners but not THAT capable. I usually put a description of the expected homework for the week in my weekly newsletter to parents. Sometimes things changed, but it wasn't a big deal. No one ever complained about a change. Initially I checked the math page for correctness, but it took too long. Since I didn't take a grade on it, I started only putting a checkmark on it when kids turned it in and then giving it right back. I just didn't have the time to spend on grading something that didn't officially get a grade in my gradebook. We used a clip chart for behavior in my classroom (which I also wasn't a huge fan of, but it's what my grade-level opted to do). The incentive for math homework completion was that students who completed it got to move their clip up first thing in the morning when I checked in daily folders.

    I don't really like giving "real" homework that young. I think it's good to send home extra practice assignments for parents who want to work with their kids, but I think it should be optional so that parents who want to do other things with their kids can make that choice instead. They're also young enough that parents might just do the homework themselves if they think you're taking a grade on it. Just my :2cents:.
     
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    This is exactly what I did when I taught grade 2. I encouraged daily home reading and I sent a booklet of math facts home for those who wanted the extra practice. Some did the math, others didn't. I offered a small prize (a couple of jelly beans) to those who completed the math books. There was no deadline for it.

    I also sent home each students' Words Their Way word sort. But again, there was no deadline or requirements. Some practiced their sorts, and others left their sort in their journal all week.

    These kids work hard all day and don't need to go home and do more work. I know I certainly don't want to go home and do any more school work at the end of the day!!
     
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    I am teaching second this year but haven't yet. I know in first grade in my district the homework was mostly just a home link that goes with My Math, the math program we use. They had to return that and have their previous day signed showing that their parents saw their behavior for the day. I have the curriculum for 2nd but still don't know how our second grade teachers do homework yet. I would think a math home link and probably reading as well.
     
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    I have taught second for several years. Keep homework restrictions in mind. In my district, you can't assign more than 20 minutes a night of homework outside of nightly reading. My team sent home a monthly required reading log. For homework, we sent home a packet for spelling homework, where the kids did one activity a night and turned the packet in on Friday. We also usually sent home a math worksheet a night. Since our district only gives agenda books for grades 3 and up, we just let the parents at back to school night know this was what to expect.
     
  8. Sassy98

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    Apr 16, 2016

    Homework for second graders is great. It reviews what they learned that day in school. However, it needs to be just a short assignment. Second graders need time to chill out and be involved with their family. They need to recharge for the next day too.
     
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    In second, I used a homework packet. It would list the hw by day on a front cover sheet and then had about 3-4 additional pages. The pages were usually short math reinforcement sheets. I'd also ask that they read and record...and maybe a spelling activity. No more than 20 minutes of work.
     
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    I do not do homework packets. Instead, homework is sent home each day in their folders. I send home a reading log and a math worksheet. They have to track how much they read each night and complete the worksheet, which focuses on the concept we worked on that day in class. I also send home their spelling words on Monday and they have to practice the words throughout the week. If any parents feel this is not enough homework, I have a list of additional activities (that are not graded) ready for them.
     

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