From Function of Time:
The big “intervention” (the psychologist’s word of choice these days, it seems) was: Each day before class, I write on the whiteboard the list of the problem numbers assigned for homework that night. While class is going on, I am looking for positive learning behaviors (taking out materials without being asked, attempting practice problems, volunteering to answer questions, asking questions, etc). If all goes well for 5-10 minutes, I quietly X out one of the homework problems. By the end of the period they may have 3 or 4 less problems to do that night.
Clever; I’ve never heard of this trick before. I don’t have any classes this year that need it, though.
Also, my classes from early in my career that needed extreme measures never did homework anyway, so this wouldn’t have worked.
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