Homework Motivation Posters

Obama did his Homework.
Item #H83

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Abe did his Homework.
Item #H87
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, transforming the fight to preserve the nation into a victorious battle for human freedom.

The Wright Homework.
Item #H86
In 1903, the Wright Brothers discovered the principles of modern flight and built a "flying machine" in their garage.

George did his Homework.
Item #H80
In 1776, President George Washington crossed the Delaware, led a surprise attack on the British and won an important battle.

Susan did her Homework.
Item #H85
In 1863, Susan B. Anthony helped organize the Women's National Loyal League, worked to abolish slavery and led the way for a woman's right to vote.

Neil did his Homework.
Item #H81
In 1969, after studying his mission for 3 years, Neil Armstrong stepped into history with the first moon walk.

Obama hizo su Tarea.
Item #H82

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The Problem

In the University of Michigan study involving 8,000 U.S. families, 50% of the students said they did no homework. The percentage of 9, 13 and 17 year old students who reported doing more than an hour a weeknight on homework declined between 1984 and 2004.

Homework can be an important tool to help children review and practice the skills taught in school and can improve their learning.  In addition, homework can help enhance children's personal growth by teaching them responsibility, independent work habits, organization, and time management.  However, when problems arise, homework can be quite disruptive to family life by creating parent-child conflict and interfering with other important family priorities, such as recreation and social activities. 

One of the more common homework problems reported by parents is poor motivation, particularly in families with children with learning or attention deficit disorders.  Children who are described as motivated to do homework do it by themselves, begin and complete it on time, actively participate in checking it, respond well when told to correct it, pay attention during it, and stick with it even when it gets difficult.  When children display problems with any of these areas of homework, they are frequently described as being unmotivated.

The Solution

Stress the importance. Educate students on the importance of doing your homework by displaying the posters from our "Do Your Homework" poster series.

Make it fun. There are several reasons why children do not want to do their homework. They might find it too easy, too boring, or too difficult. They may also view it as punishment.

Make it clear. Children need to understand that homework is assigned for many reasons. It may be practice for what they have learned in class, preparation for future lessons, or a way to show their skills of research and presentation.

Creating Incentives. Gives awards for students that do the best job on their homework, ranging from passes to the head of the lunch line to iPods.

(University of Michigan Study)