Each of us has our own story of woe at work. If you are a manager or even a CEO of an organisation, then you have to get your workers to completeall works before the deadline. If you are a teacher, then it is getting your students to submit homework on time. Comparing the two, job of a teacher is harder. Thatâ€™s because the worker has fear of getting fired, while a student is not.
Imagine firing a student from school just because he submitted his/ her homework late thrice. The school will soon be running out of its students then. As this is not possible, you as a teacher would need to come up with ways to get your students interested in their subject. An interested pupil will complete his/her homework well in time.
Assessing the root of the problem
If you have students submitting homework late, then we need to get to the root of their problem as to why is this happening-
Luckily for us, a teacher left the school and we had a much jolly fellow as our new math teacher. He used history, sometimes a slide show and other creative methods to get us hooked. This way of teaching was extremely beneficial for the weaker students. What seemed complex months ago, we could solve that in a jiffy. Nobody missed his class and we made sure to get the math homework done in time.
Even subjects like math have great stories to tell that would definitely catch the attention of entire class.
Submitting before the deadline
Till now we looked into ways of capturing the studentâ€™s interest in homework. Now we discuss ways to actually get them to submit before the deadline especially if there are procrastinators in the class.
A procrastinator is a person who leaves everything â€“ studies work, household chores and anything else way until the last moment. You as a teacher have to handle them firmly.
Impose a penalty on all the late submissions.
Reward incentives to those who submit homework way before the deadline. It could be an extra benefit during the oral tests or class participation. This benefit might actually compel students to do better and hand over homework in time.
Do not divulge this to your student but it is always good to have a secret deadline. This means that deadline for the class is at 12 pm while actually you have kept it a 5pm deadline.
My teacher Mr. Cooper was solely concerned with collecting his paycheck. So, he never encouraged students to contact them in thecase of doubt. Please do not do so.
Communication is the key. If you are able to establish a good connection with your class, you shall definitely get a good response. Not only in terms of homework submission but also you can expect a good performance even in their tests. Punishment is a must for all wrongdoers because as the popular saying goes â€“ â€˜spare the rod and spoil the childâ€™.
Itâ€™s a must that students understand soon that all steps you are taking are only beneficial for them. And in the end, punctuality and sincerity are some of the virtues that would take them far in life.
In the end, itâ€™s all a cocktail of communication, a little manipulation, detention and voila! You begin to get all submissions right on time.