I tried them out at the beginning of the year, and I don't know that I'll ever go back. Menus mean I don't have to haggle with parents over whether or not they can juggle homework with their jobs, after school activities, or a crazy home life. They have the power to fit academic conversations in to their life in a way that suits them.
I ask families to complete three items a week, and the items with a star in the box are "must do" items for the month. I do not grade homework. In my opinion, homework is meant for independent practice and/or promoting conversations between school and home. I want my students to practice skills and help keep their families informed about what we are doing in the classroom.
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How do you manage homework in your class? Have you used a menu system? Let me know in the comments section below.