Almost Foolproof Homework Assignments
This method has worked very well with classes of adult immigrants. Although motivated to learn, they also have family and work concerns which take up their time outside of class.
I had divided the grammar work up into modules the students did at their own pace. At the end of each day, I asked each student what they felt they could do for homework, encouraging those who had both jobs and families to care for to commit to just a few questions. The next morning I recorded the results (homework done or not) in my attendance book.
It worked well -- most of the students did most of their homework every day. But I didn't realize just how successful this method was until the time I handed out a worksheet for everyone to do for the next day -- and not one of them did it!
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