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majaw
majaw asks:
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How to get second grader to turn in work?

In Topics: Working with my child's teacher(s), Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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BMelton
Dec 29, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Help your second grader organize his (or her) school papers. He should have a folder for work that needs to be completed and a folder for work that needs to be turned in. Speak with the teacher to see what the procedures are for turning in assignments and review this with your child.

Praise your child when the job is done and the work has been turned in. The teacher may sign off on a note from you as the parent. You may even have a reward system for good grades as an incentive.  

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sunshine1025
sunshine1025 writes:
Communicating with their parents is key! First try sending home a courtesy note explaining that some or all homework assignments have not been turned in and how concerned you are. Secondly, if the courtesy note does not work then give the parents a phone call and set up an appointment to discuss what days homework is given and when homework is due.Sometimes packets of homework for the rest of the week work better also for some students/parent(s). You may also want to try having the parent(s) sign a document showing that you both have discussed a plan for getting homework to class. if this doesn't work, you should probably set up a conference meeting with the principal to discuss some type of plan, because when the student succeeds; everyone succeeds =) goodluck.
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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, You might consider a rewards-based approach. I've seen this work in my daughter's classrooms.

For instance, in her kindergarten and first grade classrooms, they used different colored index cards each day. If you followed directions in class and behaved well during the day, including completing your classwork and homework (and bringing back signed paperwork from mom and dad), the teacher noted your performance that day with a certain color (like pink or blue). Conversely, if you didn't behave, you got a warning card (like yellow), and if the bad behavior continued or got worse, your card color was escalated to red and you were sent to the principal's office. At the end of the week, the students who had collected 4-5 'good behavior' cards, received a small reward (like a pencil, stickers, or an cool eraser -- something school-related, not candy).

Another rewards program was focused on levels of responsibility. Children who did well on school work and tests were given certain "jobs" within the classroom, like hall monitor, or lunch line leader -- something that typically the kids would fight over or beg the teacher to be able to do. One teacher also incorporated a "lunch club" -- rewarding students by allowing them to skip lunch in the multi-purpose room (where all the kids typically sit), and instead allowing them to have lunch in a special room (a "lounge") with the severely disabled children. When I initially heard about this program, I wondered how effective it would be, and was pleasantly surprised to see the children vying for the opportunity to have lunch in the lounge. It was quite wonderful, and I was proud of my daughter for participating -- it meant she was doing well in class, and making friends with students she didn't typically get to interact with during recess or at school events.

If rewards programs aren't going to work with your second grader (for instance, if the issue isn't behavioral), consider or explore if the student is not doing the work due to a learning disability or challenge with the work itself. Have the child tested. Talk to the parents: are they working with their child on homework? creating a study space where the student can get work done? any issues at home preventing the child from doing their work?

Good luck! I hope these suggestions help.
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