We’ve all had those few students that struggle with completing assignments on time. It’s a headache every year. How do you meet the needs of those students? Our answer is to use documentation and involve parents. Showing data and coming up with a solution together will make students successful with completing their assignments on time. Frequent communication with parents is key. This documentation also helps you to be able to show what you are doing to meet the needs of every student in your classroom.
What's Included and How It Works:
★I’m a Goal Getter: This form should be given to all of your students so that they can set a goal for homework completion.
★Homework Contract Step 1: This step basically serves as a warning to both students and parents that homework is not being completed. Step 1 sheds a light to the problem. We would set a weekly goal and wait to see if it is met. If it is, no further contract is needed. Send home the “Goal Met” ticket. If not, send home the “Goal Not Met” ticket and go on to Step 2.
★Homework Contract Step 2: Instead of setting a weekly goal and waiting to see if it was successful, communicate on a daily basis and require parent initials daily. At the end of the week, if the goal was met, send home the “Goal Met” ticket. An example of the goal being met is 4/4 days homework completion. Now, let’s say that the child completed 2/4 or 3/4 days of homework. This shows improvement. What you are doing is working! Give this step of contract again the next week. As long as progress is being made, continue this step until they reach their goal of 4/4 days. When goal is met, give “Goal Met” ticket. If progress comes to a halt, give “Goal Not Met” ticket and go to Step 3.
★Homework Contract Step 3: Weekly goals have not worked and daily goals have not worked. This student needs a modified work load. Instead of having him/her complete all assignments, choose the most important assignments and list them on the left of the page. Start with just taking away a few. Let’s say that everyone has been assigned 4 assignments. List 2 that this student will be responsible for completing. If this works for the week, give them this same contract again the following week and now list 3. The goal is to get them to work at the same level as the rest of the class. Continue with this pattern until that goal is met as long as progress is being made. If progress is not being made at this point, we suggest involving the principal, and/or other teams at your school that will be able to assist. Bring your Homework Intervention Data Recording Sheet to show all that you have done for this student.
★Request for Conference: Before each contract is given, we suggest that you conference with the parents to communicate the goal and how they can help. Send home this Request for Conference sheet with 2 days/ times that you are available. Write them in at the bottom. The parent will choose the day/time that works for them and will return the bottom slip.
★Homework Intervention Data Recording Sheet: Keeping documentation and data is crucial for students who are not competing assignments. This data is important for parents, administrators, intervention teams and most importantly, you. Data allows you to see trends and it is also proof that you are doing everything you can to meet the needs of your students. Use this page for every child that earns a contract.
★Goal Met/ Goal Not Met Tickets: Parent communication is what it’s all about! Send these tickets home on a weekly basis so that parents are informed!
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