Writing Across The Curriculum

What is the best way to get a student to consistently do their homework? Work sited must be included.


15 thoughts on “Writing Across The Curriculum

  1. Jared Jackson
    Mr. Lopez
    Math Analysis B
    29 February 2016
    What is the best way to get a student to consistently do their homework? This is a hard question to answer in today’s society as so many students having differing lives and obstacles that can get in the way of their homework. On the other hand, homework may not be completed out of sheer laziness. For the most part though, students deal with a variety of other problems such as a time consuming sport or a job. However, there are solutions to these problems and ways to ensure that a student may get their work done consistently. The best way to get a student to consistently do their homework is to: make homework worth something, make homework a steady, do-able task, and gain the respect of the students.
    A great way to ensure a student is doing his/her homework is to make the homework worth something. If a student has a large, 100 point test in his/her history class and a math homework assignment worth 5 points the student is more likely to study for the large test and put the math homework aside. The homework assignments should not be weighted too heavily though, because at the end of the day homework is not a difficult, challenging assignment like a unit test may be. However, a teacher may also make the homework worth something by reviewing the homework the next day. This is very helpful in learning subject matter and those students who cannot partake in homework review lose out on this lesson.
    Another way to ensure a student does his/her homework is to make homework a steady and do-able task. Of course it is dependent on the teacher’s teaching style, but having steady and planned out homework assignments proves to be more effective than random homework assignments. In the latter case a student may decide not to do his/her work because there probably wasn’t homework that day. In a classroom where the homework is planned out for the week, it is easier for the student to know exactly what assignment to do by a certain date. Having more steady homework usually means that the assignments are less lengthy and are therefore attempted by more people. It is also important for these assignments to be do-able and not incredibly challenging. After all it is homework is supposed to be practice questions for previously learned lessons. It is not supposed to be a large amount of challenging problems because this is a problem that makes the students give up on their homework despite attempting it.
    Lastly, gaining the respect of the students is a very important factor of getting students to do their homework. This may be a lot easier said than done as some teachers are on the rougher side, but this is a very effective strategy. A teacher can gain the students respect by putting in effort to get to know their students and to show that they really care about the student’s education and success. It is harder for a student to disregard the homework of a teacher he/she really loves than the homework of a teacher who is rude and disrespectful. Many teachers may not even consider putting in the extra work of relating and building relationships with the students but it is very effective in making sure the students get their work done consistently.
    Getting students to do their homework consistently is an issue for many teachers especially today. Some students have issues in the household that distract them from doing their work and some have a problem with dependence. However, gaining the students respect, making the homework mean something, and assigning steady and do-able homework may give the student all of the better reason to get their work done on time and consistently

  2. Raymond Andrin
    Mr. Lopez
    Period 2 Math Analysis B
    29 February 2016
    Math Analysis WAC
    People try their best when they are fully engaged in something. Students nowadays have too many classes to worry about that they end up ignoring some assignments given to them. Stress has a big impact on students as they find themselves worrying about finishing up homework, studying for tests, and doing projects they procrastinated for. Assignments that were designed as busy work make the student uninterested in it. If the student finds the homework boring, long, or complicated, they tend to either not do it or cheat.
    Students learn best when they are fully engaged in a topic or subject. When a person is interested in the topic, they find it interesting and start to pay attention because of how intriguing the content is. By fully engaging students into the topics, they will start to consistently do their homework as a result. If kids do not enjoy what they are learning, they lose focus easily and give up if it is difficult. By not learning what’s being taught to them, they are unable to do the homework because of how difficult it may seem at first glance. Even if they did the homework, they would be doing it to finish the assignment and to get credit. That would result in a lack of understanding about the topic which would then lead to failure in other concepts as well as test grades. A student passionate about something makes the student strive for more knowledge.
    Teachers can engage their students by making sure that everyone is understanding the concepts. Without a strong understanding of the concept, most students get confused on more advanced problems that rely on the basic foundations of the concept. By making sure the student understands the concept, there is a higher chance that the student will do the homework and this would also reduce cheating. Not only do teacher’s roles affect the students ability to do homework, but the
    In order to consistently do homework, the assignment should not be so long to the point at which students look at their books and close it immediately. Homework is a useful tool that lets students practice and hone their knowledge on a concept, but too much of something is always bad. Most of the time, it causes students to stress out and save the long assignment for last. Reducing the amount of homework reduces the amount of stress a student has to deal with. They would be able to finish all their homework without having to worry if they will get enough sleep or not. By getting more sleep, students will also be able to focus in class more.
    All of these connect back to the idea of a student being mentally prepared to focus when they are learning something new. If the topic is too difficult to understand, teachers should make sure that their student is actually learning so that when they finally get the concept, they will feel confident enough to do their work without feeling stupid. Being mentally prepared helps students learn in class and focus on the lesson in front of them. In order to get students to consistently do their homework, they have to understand what they are learning so that it will motivate them to actually do the assignments given to them.

  3. Arvind Karuppiah
    Mr. Lopez
    Period 2 Math Analysis B
    29 February 2016

    Homework has always been a controversial subject among schools. Students always have negative emotions toward assignments and some completely blow it off. Others will get it done to save their grade which is so heavily weighted on tests. Overall, it is very hard to get students to want to finish their homework. In my opinion, there are a few ways to get students to finish their homework, such as letting students completely understand the topic so homework will be fun, match homework with a student’s hectic and sleep deprived life, and allow students to feel satisfaction from completing it.
    At first, many things such as sports, tests, and even homework make a student feel like giving up right away. Instructors can do much to solve this. Editor Julia states to “teach kids from an early age to keep homework organized.” Teachers can go over homework planning and explain what the work will be like in the first couple weeks of class. Going over direct problems from the assignment will help students, as sometimes in class examples never do the justice. Students go home and see something completely different. Teachers want students to grasp the concept and figure out work on their own, however students have a lot of stress going on, and if a teacher is not going to fully check the homework, why bother? Most kids will not understand the concept in an hour. Teachers should go over the work and spend time on the subject. Teachers therefore should give students hints before sending them off to work. You must crawl before you walk.
    Teachers may give quizzes to catch kids who aren’t doing their homework, however this is not truly right and is a scare tactic into getting kids to work. Some students may have to focus on another class for that day, and teachers cannot and should not assume students should focus only on their class. Students will focus on one class, drop their grade in this class, then while attempting to catch up lose their grade somewhere else. I feel as if possible, teacher’s should connect with one another and understand a student’s life. Some have swim practice till 8, and will be exhausted to work. Students will truly appreciate if a teacher puts effort and thought into their lives. At least, have a system of certain days being light or heavy, or a break day so students can plan their work ahead of time. In all, students will always do what they believe is beneficial and half the time, that belief screws them over.
    Giving students more meaning to finish their work is imperative. Julia states “another common reason kids don’t turn in homework is because it lacks meaning.” The only reason a student truly does homework is for grades, and to understand for tomorrows test (which, may I add effects grades.) Grades define a student’s career. Kids can cheat their way into a successful life, while another kid may try to learn and end up nowhere. There are kids who strive and work hard, and kids who do not care, however I feel everyone should be doing well if they try. Having a low amount of A’s is not correct, everyone deserves a chance to get an A. Some kids are naturally gifted at math, and others struggle hard and fall, the same goes with other subjects. Cater to this, by adjusting grades. Certain kids can go to tutors and other’s are too busy. If teachers have some rewards system for kids working (that isn’t grades for once), maybe kids will work and strive. Let kid’s want to work. Give them meaning to homework, let knowledge guide them, not a desperation for a passing grade.
    Overall, students should understand the topic, feel less stress while working, and have meaning to do homework. Teachers are preparing kids for reality, with many unfair treatment in school. Yet, that lets students believe life is truly unfair and only few will do something to change life in general. Teacher’s should inspire their students to strive, work hard, and believe in themselves.

    • Works Cited

      “Membership.” Educational Leadership:Responding to Changing Demographics:The Case For and Against Homework. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

      “Tips for Kids to Remember to Turn in Their Homework – Mom.me.” Mom.me. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

  4. Natalie Simonoff
    Mr. Lopez
    Math Analysis, Period 2
    29 February 2016
    What is the best way to get a student to consistently do their homework?
    For students, homework is seen as a stressful, boring assignment that every teacher assigns because they “have to”. Many students have a hard time managing homework, practices, a job, and/or family situations that they have to deal with on a day to day basis. For many of these people, when they don’t turn in a homework assignment, it is not because they are lazy, but they have many other responsibilities that they need to fulfill. To get a student to consistently do their homework consider this: short and to the point of homework assignments, make the homework worth enough of their grade and let them know what is due ahead of time—no surprises.
    When students leave school, homework is the last thing on their mind, whether they are occupied by a sport or a job, at that given moment they are not thinking of homework. After their activities, when they are home, is when they start thinking about their homework. If a student has six classes and each of his classes assigns one hour of homework—that is six hours of homework! No student wants to do homework for six hours every night! If each of his teachers—instead of giving twenty five math problems—gave ten to fifteen problems on the main topics, the student will more likely do the homework so they can practice what they need to know to learn the concept. Studies show that assigning too much homework can actually lower students test scores. “Data shows that in countries where more time is spent on homework, students score lower on a standardized test called the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/too-much-homework-test-scores_n_1391134.html).
    Another point to consider is that points matter to the students. If a student is given a long English assignment that is only worth a few point and a long history assignment that is worth many more points and will affect their grade, they will do the history assignment that is worth more points. Making the assignment worth something, will motivate the student to do it. Also, if the homework is reviewed, it can be used as a review lesson and therefore, the students that want to do good will do their homework and get a review lesson out of it.
    Lastly, make sure the student knows when assignments are due ahead of time so they can properly manage their time to get everything done. If students know that at the end of every chapter all the homework from that section will be collected and there will be a chapter test, they will more likely have the motivation to review the homework, finish it if there were a few missing questions, practice, and it will lead to higher test scores. If a long, unexpected homework assignment is due the next day and they student has hours of other homework, they will tend not to do it or copy another person’s homework. This will lead to them not understanding the concepts and will soon lead to lower test scores.
    All in all, students view homework the wrong way due to the amount of homework and stress it causes. If students get short, to the point homework assignments, they are more likely do it because they are learning what they need to know without having to do hours of homework. Also, making the homework worth enough points encourages the student to so the assignment because without it, their grade will be affected. Lastly, make sure the student knows when assignments are due so that they do not fall behind due to not knowing about it or not having enough time to complete his work.

  5. Lauryn Rousseau
    Period 2
    In today’s society, there are many distractions causing laziness and not enough confidence for a student to even complete the easiest tasks. This can be caused by the student and the environment around them. Seeing anything slightly challenging scares the student into even trying, and with overly helpful teachers and students it doesn’t help the student learn or want to complete anything. With easy access such as asking questions without reading or thought process, looking on the Internet for the answer, or simply copying from a friend can hinder a student from doing the work consistently. If students Were given shorter intervals of homework, making the homework worth a grade, and working in groups could easily help a student consistently complete their homework.
    Shorter intervals of homework instead of a heaping pile can be less intimidating for a lazy or a busy student. With less problems this can reduce stress and help the student understand the lessons easier instead a dozen of problems that become too challenging or mix more than one lesson.Having the student do 10 problems a night instead of 50 can make a it steady and manageable. Students would no longer feel stressed, overwhelmed, or intimidated by this class, making them complete the homework without a problem.
    Making the homework a grade will surely influence the student to complete it. If it’s not worth anything students may find it hard to do even if it’s for their personal learning. If there is an assignment that is worth something, they would choose it first over the homework that isn’t. Knowing that it’s for their grade will make them complete it and in the long run help them achieve a good grade on tests and quizzes. Finding a reward from something short and manageable is always rewarding and helps build confidence for the student.
    Lastly working in a group can greatly help a student. Working in a group can make it easy and fun to ensure that they all get a good grade. Having a student their age that they can have as support to make sure they are doing the problem right, ask any questions, and to make sure it’s getting completed is much easier than working independently and not asking questions because they are too scared. Seeing that other students do their hw will make the student influenced to do theirs, creating more confidence and a happy teacher.
    It can be difficult today to make students learn the essence of hard work and to do something as simple as doing their homework. Many distractions can make the student lazy, and lose confidence in themselves towards a class.With shorter and steady intervals of homework, making the homework a grade, and working in groups are easy ways to ensure that a student can consistently do their homework.

    • Thompson, Julia G. “28 Ways to Build Persistence and Confident Students.” Teachingmonster.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

  6. Michael Boulos
    Mr. Lopez
    29 January 2016
    Getting kids in high school to do their homework is a chore to not only their parents, but their teachers as well. However, teachers are always looking for new ways to force students into doing homework. Many students may prioritize other classes higher than others and neglect “less important classes.” Others may also not do any homework all together. Many students turn in homework, however the true task at hand which seems hard to fulfill is a matter of consistency. Grades play a role in a student’s motivation to do homework, but sometimes that does not cut it. Teachers need to find new methods to make homework an involved and interesting assignment that appeals to students.
    There are a variety of students and each one is unique in a certain way. There are mainly four groups of students and they are as follows: overwhelmed students with AP classes and sports, smart students who believe they are too good to do their homework, lazy kids who are not motivated in any way, shape, or form to do their homework, and your average student who does their homework consistently because of parental pressure and competition between their peers. The last student is the type that feels compelled to do their homework because of a certain respect for their peers, colleagues, or parents. Michael Linsin from Smart Classroom Management says “How your students feel about you is an important factor in getting homework” and through “rapport and mutual likability with your students…these two pillars of effective classroom management work together to create an almost sacred respect for you and your classroom.” The analyst believes that a grade is not the only thing that should compel a student to learn, but a friendship between teacher and student compels the student to do the homework as well. Students with a companionship with their teacher, makes them more devoted and interesting in learning. Thus, the students also contribute more to the class with better test grades and more participation.
    Students often get bored of similar assignments and they tend to feel disconnected from the subject. Teachers should make the homework more personal and relatable to a student’s life in order to make the homework a bit more appealing. According to the U.S. Department of Education, teachers should “Try mixing approaches and styles. Since it’s almost impossible for all assignments to interest all students, this approach increases the chances that all students will have some homework that they enjoy” (Paulu 12). By using this approach, teachers can not only receive a higher rate of homework completion, but students can actually try their best to complete their assignments and therefore the class is more inclusive and connected to the student.
    Sometimes a student can feel isolated when doing homework which is why group collaboration can play a key role in consistency with homework. Not only does this method bring the positive use of peer pressure for students to complete their assignments, however it also gives students different opinions and lets students synthesize the material they are given. Students can gain a deeper understanding of the material and as a result, makes them more competitive. Through group collaboration students can think about what they learned in class and hopefully priorities each class as necessary and do each classes’ homework with pride and an additional layer of understanding.
    Students have a lot on their plate in high school and making homework a uniform and systematic thing doesn’t make homework assignments more appealing to students. By varying assignments students will feel more compelled to try the different approaches. Additionally, different approaches can give the teacher a survey of what type of homework helps students learn. Adding the element of group collaboration also helps students want to complete the assignments that a teacher gives them. Lastly, the added layer of trust and friendship between the student and the teacher gives the student an obligation to do their homework in order for them not to disappoint the teacher. This element does not penalize the student’s grade but it keeps the student consistent in turning in assignments. Additionally consistency is important but quality is also imperative for a student’s understanding of the material they are being taught. Overall, teachers should make homework something that students have a connection with and are expected to complete in order for the students to turn in assignments like clockwork.

    Works Cited
    Linsin, Michael. “How To Get Your Students To Do Their Homework.” Smart Classroom Management. N.p., 12 Apr. 2015. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.
    Paulu, Nancy. “Vary Assignments.” Helping Your StudentsWith Homework. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 12. Print.

  7. Gwyneth Dator
    Math Analysis Per. 2
    Mr. Lopez
    How to Finish your Homework the More Consistently
    If you asked a someone if they have ever procrastinated, didn’t put much effort into their work, or didn’t even finish their task before most of them will likely say yes. For many years, there has always been a problem with students procrastinating and finishing their homework last minute. According to the book, “Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings” over 70 percent of students procrastinate with their work. Most students say that they know the importance of doing their homework, but choose not to do it because of their laziness, nearby distractions, and common excuses thinking that they have time to finish it later. Procrastination has become a nasty habit that everyone has gone through at least once in their lifetime it maybe hard to break, but not impossible to do.
    One of the best ways for a student to do their homework more efficiently is by blocking out all distractions especially social media like Netflix, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc. The more time a student is on social media, the more excuses they make by delaying the time that we’re supposed to start our homework. It’s even harder to break student’s habit of paying too much attention on social media because today’s generation is so caught up with technology that most people will think that it’s normal to be on our phone or computer 24/7. But, the faster we get rid of these distractions, the faster you’ll be able to finish your homework and to go back to whatever that entertains you. Blocking out all distractions is the best way to consistently finish homework, but not the only thing you should think about when starting it.
    Another way of getting a student to finish their work on time is by reminding them of their priorities and the consequences of not finishing their work on time. As a student, it is their responsibility to finish the task that the teacher has assigned for the purpose of learning and getting more practice. If a student consistently finishes their homework everyday, not only do they learn or gain more practice, they also gain study skills which will help them in the future. However, if a student fails to meet the needs of completing their homework on time, they will
    2 get behind in class, won’t have a better understanding of what they’re learning, and will become a bad habit that will catch up to them in the long run that will ruin their chance of success. That’s why finishing your homework early is way better then procrastinating and doing it last minute.
    A student shouldn’t be making excuses, being distracted, or being lazy because homework is an important feature in their lives that will help them hone their study skills and become successful in the distant future. Homework may seem like a drag to most students, but it is quite helpful for them to learn in class. Today, many students still complain about the amount of homework they are given each day that they are unaware that many kids don’t get an education and that they should feel lucky to be apart of their school.

    Works Cited
    Ingoglia, Laura. “Winning Ideas for Getting Students to Complete Homework | Scholastic.com.” Scholastic Teachers. Scholastic, n.d. Web. 29 Feb. 2016. .
    Adhikari, Neerraj. “Top 10 Most Common Bad Habits.” FactoFun. N.p., 19 Mar. 2014. Web. 29 Feb. 2016. .
    Knezevic, Milana. “Procrastination: A Student’s Worst Enemy?” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 09 May 2012. Web. 29 Feb. 2016. .
    Schouwenburg, Henri C. Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2004. American Psychological Association. 2004. Web. 29 Feb. 16. .

  8. Shawna Sein
    Mr. Lopez
    Period 2 Math Analysis
    29 February 2016

    How Students Can Do Their Homework Consistently
    Nowadays, teenagers become more distracted with the new developing world around them. Technology takes their attention away from their responsibilities, and thus, more and more students procrastonate on completeing their homework assignments. However, students can complete their homework assignments consistently with much discipline.
    Students can gain their success through homework from practice, since homework is extra work from what was originally taught during the day. Michael Linsin states that students should not “struggle through work they dont fully comprehend.” Assigning homework a few times a week will show the students that practice makes perfect, and a lack in understanding the homework or completing the homework will only result in low test scores. He continues, saying that “homework is about practice, success, and building confidence.” Students should realize that without doing their homework, they will not be successful in the class. Having low test scores may humiliate the student even more, because they are lower than their peers. Doing homework whenever it is assigned will easily create a routine for the student, creating a learning environment for them effortlessly.
    Homework must be assigned every night for students in order to create a full understanding of the topic. Linsin continues that “students need to practice what they learned that day to further solidify learning.” Students may not be continuously doing their homework due to a lack of understanding the topic. If they do not know the topic, they look the answers up in the back of the book. Young people learn by repetition, and the repetition of what was learned in the classroom can promote a good understanding to the child when at home. Homework is the only way one can learn how to solve problems, and know how to solve them during a test.
    In conclusion, students should not push aside homework as a task that they can easily do 5 minutes before class starts. Teachers may be efficient enough to collect homework when the period starts, checking answers for all problems. This will let the teacher know of who did their homework and who understands it. Homework is used as a tool to help students understand a concept, and this is the only practice we can get. Students will forget things they learn in school, but review at home will help them refresh their memory and create a better learning environment for them. Students should also have phones turned off in class and while doing homework to minimize distractions. This will help them focus and really understand the lesson.

    Works Cited
    Linsin, Michael. “How To Get Your Students To Do Their Homework.” Smart Classroom Management, 2016. 12 April 2014.Web. 29 February 2016.

  9. Jason Erpe
    Mr. Lopez
    Math Analysis
    29 February 2016
    Today in our society, many students have issues or problems that get in their way from doing their homework. Students have 5-6 subjects to worry about and it stresses them out. Students also procrastinate in studying for tests and doing their homework last minute. An example of this would be a teacher assigning a project that is due in a week and the student will start it the night before it is due. Another issue is that students might play a sport or have a job right after school. Students most likely don’t get a lot of sleep on night because they have a lot of projects and homework to do the night before. Also, some students come home late because they were busy in the day and have to do their homework all night and sleep very late. Many students at school fall asleep or daydream if the topic they are listening to is boring to them. The best way to make students do their homework is by making homework worth something, satisfying the students so they won’t get bored, and having group work.
    Teachers should satisfy the students by making sure everyone understands the topic. This will make the homework easier to understand if the student understands what is going on. Having thirty problems in one homework assignment will make one stressed and lazy. Having 5-10 problems will make it easier for a student and it is more manageable. A lot of the students get confused on the harder problems of the homework and don’t do it. If a student doesn’t understand the concept they will probably cheat off someone who did the homework. Homework should not be long to a point when it gets boring. Homework is great practice to those that need help. It will most likely cause stress to a student but it will most likely help them in the long run when there is a test or quiz. Homework may make a student procrastinate because they know it is not a test or quiz and is not worth a lot of points.
    Students also need to be respected by the teacher to influence them to do their homework. It will influence a mutual connection with the students to gain trust. It will be hard for students to do their homework if the teacher is disrespectful to them. Students will like the teacher if they are open and helpful to the student.
    Having group work is also a helpful way for a student to do their homework. Students will communicate and help each other to solve the problem. Asking questions to one another will help each student independently and will give them confidence in their work. Having distractions as an individual will not help the person in their work. Working in groups is an efficient way to make a student do their homework.

    Works Cited
    Cox, Janelle. “Teaching Strategies to Build Student Confidence.” http://www.teachhub.com/teaching-strategies-build-student-confidence
    Linsin, Michael. “How To Get Your Students To Do Their Homework.” Smart Classroom Management. N.p., 12 Apr. 2015. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

  10. Nathan Gantz
    Mr. Lopez
    Period 2 Math Analysis B
    29 February, 2016
    Homework: The Key to Success
    Homework can elicit such feelings as anxiety, frustration, and hopelessness. But these feelings are misguided. Homework is, by definition, the continuation of one’s school studies, at home. Contrary to popular belief, homework is not the teacher’s way of punishing students, nor is it a right of passage signifying that the student has done enough grueling work to be ready for the real world. In theory, it is simply a method of reinforcing the material presented in the classroom to help students master individual skills. But then why is assigning homework alone ineffective? It is because students require a higher understanding. Students need to know why they are doing their homework to truly succeed.
    Homework is not being explained, and the consequences are dire. Unfortunately, homework can be assigned in lieu of an in-class lecture or any sort of actual teaching. In this scenario, the student is forced to learn a subject completely on his/her own. This is good and bad. It can be positive in that it makes the student an independent learner. But it hinders growth in some aspects of the student’s life that can be very detrimental. Students that receive too much homework have been found to be more stressed, less healthy, and socially detached compared to a student with less homework. As a result, overworked students develop a habit of doing perfunctory work, or just skipping it altogether. The student in this situation has completely lost sight of the reason he/she is to do homework in the first place. He/she is just going through the motions in a rote manner. It is more than important—it’s imperative that students understand that doing their homework is for their own benefit. Often, one hears students ask why they have homework. “What’s the point?” they might ask, as if homework has some hidden meaning to be revealed upon graduation. No, you are doing the work because it furthers your understanding of the subject.
    Students need to see the value in what they are doing in order to get it right. Knowing this, teachers must explain to their students that homework is the key to success. Understanding concepts presented in class, followed by putting the concepts to use at home will make the student into an “A+ machine”. There are no tricks and no shortcuts.

    Works Cited
    “Enhancing Student Learnings.” CESDP. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.
    Parker, Clifton B. “Stanford Research Shows Pitfalls of Homework.” Stanford University. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2016.
    “What Research Says about the Value of Homework.” Center for Public Education. N.p., 5 Feb. 2007. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

  11. Kayleigh Chicas
    Mr. Lopez, Per 2
    Math Analysis
    29 February 2016
    Students and Homework
    In most cases and students, homework is greatly disliked, but is still given daily. Alongside this, it is tough to keep students motivated to their homework every single night because most students would claim that homework is boring or too tiring. In order to get students to do their homework consistently, there has to be some form of motivation and drive to do so. Furthermore, a good way to get students to do their homework may be to take unnecessary technology away when it’s time to do homework, or to give homework that actually makes a student think and possibly want to engage in learning.
    Most students will procrastinate and get distracted constantly when trying to so homework. Most of the time, this is due to students finding other things that catch their attention, like going on their phone or on social media, rather than finishing a sheet of homework. A good way to get students more focused may be to take away their phone or technological devices when it’s time to do homework. It is proven that cell phones “serve as a distraction to a student’s learning.” In this case, what would be the difference from a teenager texting while driving? Clearly it shows that cell phones are distracting in all aspects, especially when its time to focus on homework.
    Rather than giving homework that would be seen as busy work, students would be more motivated to engage in their homework if the homework given was something that would actually make them think to solve problems, rather than follow the same formula a bunch of times. It is said that “mindless repetition of manner” is not a form of understanding, further implying that students aren’t actually learning in a sufficient manner when they are driven to just finish homework quickly and move on. Professors from Penn State found that the kids who do better on tests came “from countries where teachers assign relatively less homework,” further implying that rather than giving more repetitive homework, teachers should give homework that will actually help students understand concepts.
    Overall, homework is a controversial subject between the student and the teacher. Some ways to get students to do their homework could be by taking cellular devices away to do homework, or for teachers to assign homework that will help the student understand what is to be learned.

    Works Cited
    Adamson, Scott. “Get All Students to do All Homework All the Time.” http://www.prezi.com. 8 November 2011. Web.

  12. Asal Gholikhani
    Mr. Lopez
    Pre Calculus
     1 March 2016
        Writing Across Curriculum: Best Way to Get Students to do their Homework
                Today, students have a different working pattern than the past. Lots of new technological innovations are made such as iphones, ipads, computers… etc. Whereas in the 20th century, none of these inventions were made which made kids not procrastinate and do their homework. Kids were more disciplined and well mannered because they didnt have their faces glued on an ipad or iphone every single second of the day!!!
    Studies have shown that… “ Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters” (Haller). Meaning, that students today are always distracted because of these new technological devises. Lots of experiments by psychologists and research has been made that proved kids do better in school without anything that distracts them like phones, tv, computers…etc. (Pincus).
    There are a lots of ways for students to do their homework efficiently and not procrastinate as much. The first and for most is, for putting most of the electronics away when doing your homework so, the only thing that you are focused on is doing your homework / studying. One good way of planning your homework hours and breaks is to make a weekly schedule. (parenting-ed.org). A schedule helps tell you the amount of homework, reading, or studying you need to do, but also when you’re going to have a quick study break. Study breaks is a way to refresh and for your unconscious mind to process the things that you have learned as well. Also, a study break motivates the student to have 10-20 minutes of doing something fun and not related to school such as… watching t.v. or going on their phone (parenting-ed.org).
    Another study has shown that kids are motivated to do their homework if their parents motivate them and praise their efforts. Parents are a big factor in learning because they influence their kids. If parents motivate their child, then the child gets more motivated and determined to do their homework. Also, a small reward from the parents allows them to be even more motivated to get good grades, and get more awards (Pincus).
    Although at the end, studying effects you. It’s up to you and your future if you choose to study and be successful, or if you don’t want to be successful and struggle making money in life. At the end, it’s you who makes the action and chooses to succeed and do your homework.

    Works Cited
    “ Homework: How to motivate your child.” parenting-ed.org. Jones Center for Families. web. 1 March 2016
    Pincus, Debbie. “The homework battle: How to get children to do homework.” empoweringparents.org Empowering Parents. 2016. web. 1 March 2016
    Haller, Thomas. “ How to make your kids do homework.” personalpowerpress.com. Parenting with Purpose. web. 1 March 2016

  13. Kids have many distractions while trying to do their homework. The biggest one would be a cellphone. If kids didn’t have their cellphones while trying to get their homework done, they would get it done a lot faster and be more productive in general. Also, kids need stability. The best way to get kids to do their homework would be to set rules like making them do their homework at “the same time each night”, and in a “public area of your house” (Pinchus). Parents should also set restrictions like “weekend activities don’t happen until work is completed” (Pinchus). There’s definitely a difference between nagging, and making reasonable limits for kids. Most kids won’t respond when they find their parents nagging about homework and giving them no actual guidelines. With rules and boundaries set, kids are more likely to get it done as fast as possible and then get “rewards” like cellphone time, computer time, activities afterwards.
    Works Cited:
    “ Homework: How to motivate your child.” parenting-ed.org. Jones Center for Families. web. 1 March 2016
    Pincus, Debbie. “The homework battle: How to get children to do homework.” empoweringparents.org Empowering Parents. 2016. web. 1 March 2016
    Haller, Thomas. “ How to make your kids do homework.” personalpowerpress.com. Parenting with Purpose. web. 1 March 2016

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