Monday, October 1, 2012

September No Late Homework Club

I'm probably cheating for this month's Monday Made It, but I've spent a lot of time making signs and things for various reasons. I was particularly proud of this group of signs and invites...

Assignment completion is a big deal at the middle school level. When my fifth grade was at the intermediate school, we were able to have a weekly time at the end of Friday to reward all fifth graders who were caught up on work. Everyone would gather in the gym to play dodgeball while those who weren't caught up had to stay in the room and finish. It was highly motivating.

Unfortunately, we don't have the same opportunity at the middle school. Scheduling just didn't allow it this year. And the students started to not care if their work was in or not.

So I had a brilliant (I think) idea! The No Late Homework Club. We gave students a fresh start and told them that if they had no late homework for the rest of September, they would be invited to the end-of-month movie and snack party. Things started to turn around! We ended up having half of the students qualify!

Here are the invites that I made for each student:

And the signs for their lockers:
For October, we are planning an outside "tailgate" party for those students who have no late assignments for October. We will be playing flag football and games such as the bean bag toss and the golf ball toss (I just realized that I have no idea what these games are really called...hmm...). They can wear jerseys and we'll provide snacks. We started promoting it as soon as the movie was over, especially to those students who didn't make it this month. I anticipate a lot more participants next time! :)


  1. The tailgate idea is fantastic! How motivating!
    - Michele
    Multiage Moments

    1. The teachers are really excited for that one, too! The plans are getting more elaborate every day!

  2. What a wonderful idea! My partner and I were just talking about how we're struggling with keeping kids accountable and motivating them to turn in their homework on time - this is a perfect idea we plan to implement!

    1. Hope it works for you! I'd be happy to share signs...

  3. Would you be willing to share the posters? Pretty please?!? :)
    I teach third grade (in a co-teach) and we only have them turn in homework on Thursdays. You'd be amazed how many kids forget to turn it in on time and this might just be the incentive they need! :)

    ~Mary Hall Lester

    1. Sure thing! Just the main sign, or the invite template and locker sign, too?

    2. I would love all three if possible! :)

  4. Oh, I like this idea!! Perfect for those students that tend to not turn in their homework... what a way to boost them to want to!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  5. These are FABULOUS! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. If you get the chance, I would love for you to hop over and visit me.

    Heather's Heart

  6. Can you email me these printables!! I am implementing them with our fifth graders in our school!! Great Idea!!


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