Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Individual Homework – a Team Sport?!

This comes from Heidi, a teacher in Portland, Oregon:

I use homework for both individual accountability and positive interdependence each school year. Towards the end of the year, the fourth graders participate in a simulation. They earn points for their teams in various ways and these help them move forward. Homework is one of the things that count for points, so the goal is that each student completes his/her homework each week. This keeps each student accountable for completing their homework and earning the full points. but it also benefits the team as a whole. There is always one team member who will motivate the team and check in to make sure everyone is doing an equal part. This helps the team function successfully in the classroom.

Why not make homework a ‘team sport’ now?!