Hot Question of the Week: How can we as educators make math homework more meaningful?

I don't know about you, but I am fed up with the following response from my students when I ask them why they didn't complete their homework: "I didn't have time." I try to teach my students the importance of prioritization. I understand that many of my students participate in extracurricular activities after school and may not have the time to complete homework, but at the same time homework reinforces what they learned in school: "According to a survey conducted by the University of Phoenix College of Education, 98% of teachers believe that homework does improve academic performance. Common benefits cited by teachers include that it helps the teachers evaluate their student’s understanding of their lessons, it improves problem solving skills, teaches time management, and helps students learn how to apply the information they have learned in new circumstances."Therefore, homework is a priority and should be taken seriously because it holds just as much weight as quizzes and tests. I don't mean in the sense of how a teachers calculates it in the students overall grade but on how well they have grasped the concept. With that being said, how can we make math homework more meaningful in order to get more of our students to do it?

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Math Limerick

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( (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 Sqrt[4]) / 7 ) + 5*11 = 92 + 0 .


A dozen, a gross, and a score,
plus three times the square root of four, divided by seven, plus five times eleven, is nine squared and not a bit more.

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