Behavior Chart Ideas for Homework

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Getting students to do their homework can be a real challenge to teachers. This lesson offers some ideas for behavior charts that might help you get better results with this complex issue.

Teaching with Behavior Charts

As teachers, we're often forced to confront challenging issues and behaviors alongside our students. When students don't do their homework, it can present a real challenge. After all, it sets them up on an unequal playing field as they enter the next class, and it also causes them to develop bad study habits that can follow them throughout their educations.

At the same time, homework can be really hard to tackle because we aren't usually there when students are doing it. Therefore, we need to be really sensible in using strategies that will motivate students to develop their independence.

Behavior charts can be really helpful in reinforcing positive behavior, teaching independence, and showing students you care. The behavior chart ideas and examples in this lesson can help you get your students focused and organized about homework.

Whole Class Behavior Chart

Sometimes, homework can get to be an issue for your whole class, or at least for more than half of the students in it. These are the times when it's helpful to use a whole class behavior chart. Students will start holding each other accountable for doing homework because the whole class with reap the rewards.

Start by making a simple grid representing each day of the week. Then, determine what percentage of the class will have to complete their homework in order for the class to earn a star on each day. It can be helpful to gradually raise these percentages over the course of one or two weeks. Determine how many stars students will have to earn in order to celebrate with a class reward that students will get excited about, like pajama day, extra recess, or an ice cream party!

Single Subject Behavior Chart

Often, a student will struggle with homework for just one subject. To address this, you'll want to create a behavior chart that specifies your goals and requirements for homework in that subject. For instance, if you're using math, your chart might include the following criteria:

  • Shana showed her work in all of her math problems.
  • Shana got all her answers correct.
  • Shana remembered to hand her math homework in at the beginning of the day.

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