- Write all assignments in your agenda to help you stay organized.
- Establish a specific time each evening to complete homework and set a timer in order to finish in a reasonable amount of time.
- Organize your assignments by dividing them into smaller segments. Set deadlines and give yourself a reward for each deadline met.
- Place completed homework assignments in your backpack so you don't accidentally leave them at home.
- Document all completed and missing assignments to have on file and share with parents/guardians if necessary.
- Be clear about your expectations and the consequences for not completing homework.
- Provide the student with clear, written directions for completing assignments at home.
- Partner the student with a peer who can model the act of completing homework and returning it to school.
- Reinforce other students for completing homework assignments and returning them to school.
Tips for Parents/Guardians:
- Review your child’s homework responsibilities after school so he/she knows what to expect for the evening.
- Build in time for your child to reboot themselves after school—eat a snack, take a break, play a game, spend time on a device, etc.
- Be consistent. Establish a routine for homework by setting the same time and place each night for work to be completed.
- Encourage your child to write all homework assignments in his/her agenda at school, or to use some other type of planner to help stay organized.
- Make positive comments about school and the importance of completing homework.
McCarney, Stephen B. (2006). Pre-referral intervention manual. Columbia: Hawthorne Educational Services, Inc.