Originally Posted by jannan
if a child brought back the packet unsigned i'd call the parent and politely asked them to sign it. if they were being ridiculous and not signing i'd have your child sit on the bench and not participate in recess. yes, it is cruel but i bet after a while the homework packet would come back signed.or i would bribe your child with a sticker........
jannan, I am curious. Have you had success with this? By success I am imagining that you have seen grades improve or behavior changes in the classroom. Are these recalcitrate parents who you so strongly encourage to sign homework papers more likely to schedule and attend conferences? Since you won't accept unsigned homework, I would imagine that you would not see a change in how much homework is completed. I was also wondering if you could tell me what grade you teach, sorry if I missed it.
And thanks for calling me ridiculous. I am fully supportive of school policies that make sense to me. Sorry, parent signatures on homework before it is turned in still does not make sense to me. This thread is really your chance to convince me, rather than dismiss me.
Originally Posted by sha_lyn
When this boy was in 1st grade I knew the mom of one of his classmates. This mom volunteered in the classroom weekly. she said that apparently the parents never ever looked at anything the child brought home. Report cards, field trip permissions slips, weekly agendas etc were never ever signed. this friend said she sat down and helped clean out his back pack one day. There were papers in there that were months old that had never been filled out.
sha_lyn, I am skeptical that a homework signature policy would change these parents, but would make life more difficult for a child who already must feel somewhat disregarded and unimportant to his parents. Any homework this child does complete should, in my opinion, be received with joy by the teacher instead of with punishment, as he is doing it on his own and showing incredible responsibility for doing so.
Originally Posted by mamatowill
I am a teacher and I would like the parents to sign the child's planner every day. At the beginning of the year I rewarded students with a sticker if they brought it back signed or initialled. My point is to help the student to develop responsibility for their learning. I send home notes on behaviour in the agenda and this allows me to know that the parent saw it since kids like to hide bad news. I do not punish them for not having it signed.
The other side as a teacher is- how about getting in trouble with a parent because I didn't initial the homework. The child got into trouble for it. This is after repeated explaining that I don't mark homework- just look at it. So now because I don't have the time or energy to argue I have to put a mark on the paper to placate parents (who probably did the homework anyways).
mamatowill, I absolutely do not have a problem signing off on behavior reports. Our teachers handle those separately from homework. Also, I appreciate some sign, a smilie or a check, from the teacher on homework or I other papers. Otherwise I can't tell if my first grader actually turned the paper in or not. Sorry a parent yelled at you though.
I am still not clear, however, how the signature of a parent teaches the CHILD to become responsible for THEIR OWN learning. I thought I was teaching this to my children by encouraging them to work independently on their homework, including returning it to school. I am of course always available to help and review their work.
lauren, you've described my situation perfectly. My son invariably wants me to sign homework when the babe needs nursed....
chfriend and captain optimism,