As a trial this week, students who had not completed homework for the week came in during their lunch time to eat and work together on their work.

The idea was two pronged:

1. Homework had been attempted this year by less than 50% of the students. That's just plain unacceptable. So the first prong was punitive.

2. The second prong was for them to see how easy it is to get their homework grade up. I do not ask for much. I simply ask that they attempt to do the homework and then ask questions the next day for problems they don't understand. I also request that they NOT spend more than 30 minutes on any one homework.

We had two days of homework at lunch and this is the result:

1. Over 80% of students have a 3 or higher for this weeks homework grade, an increase of over 40%!

2. Many students left with plenty of time to go back to the cafeteria and play outside and they left saying, "Wait, that's all we have to do?" So, they are noticing that homework isn't some arduous task.

3. The amount of kids who said, "Oh, I get it!" was incredible. A little bit of extra work can solidify class lessons.

4. Many students recognize that homework is easier if they work together. I've recommended this all year, but now that they've done it, they see how important it is and some have said that they want to meet up to get some hw done. I whole heartedly encourage this.

5. I realized that some students preferred this setting for getting their homework done.

What will I do now?

I will not ever force them to come in at lunch time again. I didn't want to do it in the first place. However, I will provide Friday lunches in my room as an option for students who would prefer to work in class.