Outlaw "I'm Done!" I LOVE this post from Kady at The Teacher Trap. She makes some really good points and includes suggestions for helping kids change their mindsets about rushing through their assignments.
Routines and Transitions alternatives to traditional homework Even at the college level, these homework alternatives make a lot of sense in a language classroom. I am beginning to really re-think all my ideas about homework.
The Scholastic website includes reading response forms and graphic organizers to use in reading journals. It includes a variety of printable pages to include in a reading binder. The site also includes links to other resources to use for reading binders.
I truly believe English is an outlet for communication and self-discovery. By relating texts to themselves and the world, students can open their minds a little more and learn something valuable for life rather than a test.
For kids who are easily distracted. Put assignment in a file folder, cut the folder into thirds. The student see tasks one (or two) at a time. This is helpful for multi-step problems and ADHD/Processing disorders.