Do you ever run out of time in a class period? No time to remind students that they have homework designed to reinforce the day's lesson? Too often, I do! As many ways as I've tried, as fun as I make it, my students often "escape" without their homework. But finally, I've devised a way that works. Not only does it work for 98% of students, but if you need to fill out a student behavior form, assignment book, or call a parent due to lack of effort, this homework solution is key, and saves you time. On Friday, I create a handout for the following week with four/five days of assignments. One day is always an extra credit assignment. (This shows you regularly give extra credit, and for the student who comes the last week of the marking period, the question is, "Have you been doing the extra credit assignments each week?" If they haven't, then here it their extra credit. Win-win.)
The handout is given out in class on Monday, and we go over it on Monday. Each student is responsible for doing their daily homework. I may do a walk around at the beginning of class and stamp their paper to ensure they did their assignment. Also, one handout per student. Lost work? I usually have 10 extras for extenuating circumstances but students who need better study skills need to copy the form from a friend onto their own paper. (And they do, plus they start holding on to their form the following week).
One other tip, the homework is one page. It fits nicely on the back of my bellwork sheet. My strategy is to collect the homework with the bellwork on Friday, grade both for completion (because we've corrected & reviewed the work in class), and return the paper to their file folders (or them) on Monday.
Last by not least, a comment about grading. Five nights of homework, each assignment awards 20 points. Four nights = 25 points each. Three nights = 33 points each. Two nights = 50 points each.