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  • Many of you have used the homework record sheet that we introduced last month.

    Maria Chiara in Italy wanted to know: 'How can we make sure the students really did the things they checked on?'.

    You can find this in the Teacher Resources section of the website. Here is the link:

    This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 31/10/2012 16:58:08

  • What country are you in?

    Age group of class?

    Exam being studied for?

    Your suggestion:
    Without giving students a feeling of checking on their honesty.
    We could simply ask them to share what they've learned from their homework with the classmates and do a brief of summarizing based on the book or show they have read/watched.
  • What country are you in? Ukraine

    Age group of class?

    Exam being studied for? IELTS

    Your suggestion:Have the students take a screen shot of each page and email it to the teacher.
  • What country are you in? ARGENTINA

    Age group of class? ALL

    Exam being studied for? this year, FCE

    Your suggestion: To get my students to check their homework assignments and the corrections, I retest one month later. It's more work for the teacher, but makes sure that the student looked at the corrections and revised them. They know this is a regular procedure, so can't risk not looking at the corrections nor revising them!
    Sometimes, being cruel, I spring the retest on them without notice, but usually I let them know it's coming up one week in advance.

    Keep up the good work - a wonderful site!

  • What country are you in?


    Age group of class?

    Adults - business

    Exam being studied for?


    Your suggestion:

    Read all what the students have done and randomly check by incorporating some of their work or activities in the classroom.

    Example If the student has listened to a song, he/she could give a presentation about it.

  • The idea with the homework record sheet was great, and I downloaded it right away. As soon as I printed it out, I asked the same question "How can we make sure the students really did the things they checked?".
    It is essential for a teacher to be informed of the difficulties a student encouner. So I have added some comments in the bottom of the sheet in order to use them for 3-5-minute group or class discussion once a week or even as a warm-up of every lesson. Learners can report to or discuss with their peers everything they come across, while a teacher carefully listens to and notes down the areas/aspects students wish to deal or need an urgent help with. To extend the discussion, a teacher can arrange a kind of brainstorming to stimulate students to find their own solutions to the learning problems and avoid the autocratic role of the teacher as the only source of vital solutions.

    Added Comments:
    1. It was very easy and pleasant to.....
    2. It was a bit difficult, and I need some help with .........
    3. It was very hard to..........................,and I need to spend more time on ....................

  • What country are you in? Canada
    Age group of class? 17-60
    Exam being studied for? IELTS Cambridge exams, college exams, high school

    Your suggestion: I find this question a bit unclear. What things checked? If a teacher wants to make sure that students or clients have done the homework assigned, for me it simply meant going round to check the homework, have it handed in or simply preparing a quick warmer or � review to make sure that the students had understood the topic covered or assigned. It becomes quite obvious if your students have got the point or not. This can be done in the traditional Q/A way, by a warmer or game either in the classrm or in the lab or by a quick quiz (again done in a number of ways depending on the situation or teaching environment, i.e. college, adult workshops, adult classes, school, and so on and the language and cultural environment students are used to being tested or overseen). Scaffolding is always important to include in lesson plans or reviews.
  • What country are you in?

    Czech Republic

    Age group of class?


    Exam being studied for?


    Your suggestion:

    Students could make it more specific where they would actually have to write in the names of movies they saw or books they read etc. or there could simply be a little homework review session every week reflecting on the past week as to what everyone has done: e.g. Jose will say he read an article in the San Diego Union Tribune paper - he could tell the whole class on what it was about and be asked questions about it. Or for "I learned some new vocabulary" - the student could actually report to the class what vocabulary it is they learned. The teacher would have to monitor the activity so that only some items are discussed to make sure this does not take forever but it should definitely be the teacher to ask the student what they should talk about to introduce the factor of uncertainty into this - this way, students would not even think about making stuff up if they know they will need to talk about it and will be asked questions about it. Just my 2 cents.
  • What country are you in? Age group of class? Exam being studied for? Your suggestion:
    I am from India. My suggestion is that you could have any one parent sign at the bottom of the column, for the day. Moreover, the child could also draw, write a report or a synopsis of what he has watched or read. This could then be pinned up on the for others to read and as a boost for the child who has written it!
  • What country are you in? Kingdom of Bahrain

    Age group of class? 14-19

    Exam being studied for? IGCSE,IELTS

    Your suggestion: If teachers have more time to spare for checking students' home work, they can quiz the students regarding the Home work record. It might work. It depends completely on the availability of time. Or, we can ask them to make a small presentation to the class, once a week, based on what we choose from their record.
  • What country are you in? Austria

    Age group of class? 14 - 20

    Exam being studied for? A-levels/Matura/Abitur

    Your suggestion:

    You have to check yourself randomly.
    You can make it a kind of a game, if you have somebody at your school or in your class that can help you with an electronic gadget that randomly chooses one, two or three students whose work is to be looked at.
    Or just have a corresoponding number of cards with you (with me it's just numbers from 14 to 36(!) {that's how many there may be in any one of my classes} and have the students draw one or two, after shuffling...
  • What country are you in? Costa Rica

    Age group of class? 20-35

    Exam being studied for? -------

    Your suggestion:

    What I would usually do is dedicate 10 to 15 minutes of my class to discuss the sort of ?homework? they were able to do; for instance, if somebody watched a movie, he/she may talk about it for a bit, so if some of the others watched it as well, they might contribute to what it?s said about it. This way, they get to talk as if they were meeting with friends, without the stress of being graded or evaluated by a teacher.
  • What country are you in? Italy

    Age group of class? 15-18

    Exam being studied for? intermediate Cambridge

    Your suggestion:
    In my opinion, the best way to check if they really the tasks is to ask questions or going through follow-up activities in a very easy going way.

  • What country are you in? Age group of class? Exam being studied for? Your suggestion:

    Bosnia and Herzegovina; Teenagers 15-19 - highschool exams; Younger teenagers 10 and 11 for International Cambridge exams.

    I think that we neither can nor shoud (check if students realy do their homework). It's our duty to give them homework, to tell them how important it is and to check and remind them to do it. And I think that this homework check paper is really a maximum on our part.

    I always remind my students that I am always there to help them, but their homework is solely their own responsibility (or their parents' if they are minors).
  • I have changed the title of this to What English did you do today? and I give it out to each class I teach to encourage them to think about English when they're not actually in class. I encourage them to show me and my TA each lesson and choose a few students at random to explain what they did to merit their tick. I suggested they put it on the fridge door with a magnet and look at it regularly. It's their learning, after all, but if I can encourage them to raise their awareness of the language then I consider it an achievement. A big thank you to the author!
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