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P.A.T.H


My tip is about a system that I call P.A.T.H. (Positive Attitude Toward Homework). Last year about half of my students did not turn in their homework. I got all kinds of reasons including lack of understanding regarding what to do and how to do it. We were all frustrated. This year I decided to give out my home number so my students could call me on a limited basis and ask homework questions. They are allowed to call me three days a week between 7:00 and 8:00 P.M. This takes some of the burden off parents who may have limited knowledge or are working at that time. Since I've allowed students to call my home, I have a 90% homework return rate. Developing a positive attitude toward homework began for me when I figured out the problems it presented for my students and for the students when they knew they could get the help they needed to complete homework successfully.

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