weekly homework sheet and leave it on their desk. Then, my "student of the week" or whichever student I felt could handle the job, would go around with my checklist and simply check for completion. Just a simple "yes, they did it" or "no, they didn't do it". Done.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is probably where you are thinking "This can't work! Students aren't going to ask questions". This couldn't be further from the truth and here is why. From the first week of school, I establish a few key ideas about homework. 1) Your homework is there is help you understand what you still need to work on. 2) It is okay to get something wrong, as long as you try. 3) You are accountable for your own learning. If you don't understand something, it is your job to ask.
Very quickly my students understand that homework review time is purely for their own benefit. There isn't any pressure and there are no hard feelings about not understanding something because that is the whole point of this time.
homework sheets during small group instruction time. THIS is the time where I actually go deeper into the problems my students may have struggled with and I use it to guide my instruction. By doing this, I have turned my homework into an instructional resource for myself and my students.
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