Now that you are in the swing of things, it’s time to give the students what they love…HOMEWORK! Setting up homework with so many learning styles and abilities can be soooo daunting. I have tried A LOT of different ways to make it work…so I wanted to share some of those ways so you can set up homework for the year in your classroom!
*I may or may not have watched too many infomercials during the summer as a child (what kid didn’t want a Ron Popeil food dehydrator?), but so many of TAH’s products help you to “Set it and forget it”. It makes it east to put independent work into place and not have to worry about it. This frees you up to focus on instructional programs, IEPs and behavior plans!
1. Use TAH’s Leveled Homework!
Do it! It’s already made for you! What else makes it really user-friendly is that it is one sheet per week. This makes it soo much easier to manage for you, the students and the parents! Click here…you won’t regret it!
I have used the leveled homework in my classroom since my first year teaching in a cluster program. It is great because it follows the same format each week. It provides that structure students need and allows students to practice skills with multiple examples. Students are really proud when they are able to move up a level each school year!
2. In-between Levels
I created some levels in-between TAH’s Level 1 and Level 2 for students who are past Level 1, but are not quite ready for Level 2. While it might seem like a tall order to create your own yearly homework, so many parents were grateful and said that it was a perfect level for their student!
What I did to create the in-between leveled homework was to identify what my students needed to move to the next level. I also added some skills from the ABLLS-R assessment that many of my students needed repeated practice. From there, I created a basic structure in PowerPoint and was creating the homework from week-to-week. By the end of the year, I had a year’s worth of in-between level homework!
3. Use Reference Charts
Give students reference charts to use at home when completing homework at home. TAH’s Homework, Level 1 includes a reference chart, but you can use reference charts from TAH’s Leveled Daily Curriculum or one that you create!
I’m a huge fan of reference charts because the smartest people don’t know everything-they know where to find information! Correctly using a reference chart to find information to complete an assignment is a skill. Having students using reference charts in two locations (school and home) will help them generalize this skill!
4. Go Pencil-less
You may have students who are currently unable to complete pencil/paper work, but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the joys of homework! You can send home adapted books, a file-folder task or two, or create a small binder of interactive sorting/response pages. When you get the completed homework, check for accuracy and reset. It’s that simple! You can change out the book, file folder or binder pages weekly!
5. Provide a Structure [FREEBIES!]
With the level 2 and 3 homework, it says to do it in a notebook, some friends aren’t ready for that so I created an answer sheet to provide a structure for those students. I made it look like the homework sheet so students who are still developing their visual motor-planning skills are able to respond with ease! I hope these sheets are helpful or your students!
I hope you are successful in setting up homework for the year in your classroom! Share tips and tricks you use to make your classroom run smoothly!
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