Post # 1
I am an on-line teacher and teach both children and adults.
Some of my classes I may never see the student again. Other classes I have regular students – returning. But, this problem exists in all my sessions. Students do get the lesson information sent to them before they meet with me, they just chose not to look at it.
Please tell me what you do and how you handle it when your students do not do their homework and are completely lost.
This issue makes me pull my hair out.
Post # 2
chica95110: Do you give them a grade? If so, then make sure homework is apart of the the grade. (10% or 20%) SInce you have very little control over them, ask yourself if Homework is really important or just something you are used to giving out or is busy work. If you feel like HW is vital to their learning, explain to them how vital it is for them to do it (“I know doing HW is a pain, but there is a reason I have you do it. There are many layers to learning. One layer is me expalining it to you and you understanding it. It’s a whole different layer for you to be able to use that understanding. HW is so that you can use test yourself to see if you truely understand how to use the information. The way you do that is by making mistakes. Mistakes while in the learning phase is very very important. You brain learns better when you make mistakes. I want you make lots of learning mistakes while doing your homework, then learn from your mistakes. That way you will do better on your tests”)
You can also give them “Pop Quizzes” the second class starts which is the exaxt repeat of the homework. It will allow the students who do the homework to get another good grade while still forcing other students to do the homework. Dont give them too much time to do it, just enough for the ones who did it already to finish.
If you cant use a grade to help you get them to do homework, then you might have to rethink how you teach them and incorporate the “homework” into the lesson. Have them do the work during class.
Post # 3
As an online student, I can say some people don’t take it as seriously, and that’s definitely a problem. I’d send a general notice to the students (or parents, in the case of young students) reminding them that A) you get out of the class what you are willing to put in, and B) grades will absolutely reflect the stusent’s level of involvement and demondtrated learning. In an online classroom, the only way you can show that you’ve learned is to hand in the assignments.
Post # 4
How old are the kids? For the adults, it’s their problem. Make sure homework is apart of the grade and let them get bad grades. Not doing things has consequences, if it were a job and they didn’t do their work they would be fired.
Post # 5
Marks for the homework always worked for me! (20% of your final grade)
Post # 6
Thank you all… All of these are good suggestions. I can’t take advantage of some of the suggestions because unfortunately I have no way to communicate with students before the session. And for ‘grading’ with my on-line company its actually called ‘rating.’ I give the students a number and thats it. Does not hold as much ground as a real grade. Some of the students are great and of course I don’t mind answering questions if they are confused. But, I’ve started to experience students being totally lost having no idea about the subject matter. This is an especially difficult situation for grammar lessons. You just can’t enter the classroom at the last minute and get it. The age groups: The children can be anywhere from 5 years to 18 years. According to how to do on test will place them in ‘correct’ level. So, in reality there may be a 5 year old in class with a teenager. I know, I know not the perfect scenerio but thats my job.