I have taught college for 20 years and have substituted in the public schools for 7 years. I have observed in elementary, middle, high school and college that it does not do any good to threaten a student with a failing grade. If they do not want to work they will not. I believe, through experience, that the only way to get the student to work is through positive reinforcement. This article is proof of that. I have also team taught with other teachers who use such statements as, "this table is really working hard," and it really works.
Epstein and colleagues conducted a series of studies to identify the conditions under which parental involvement enhances homework (Epstein, 2001; Epstein & Becker, 1982; Van Voorhis, 2003). They recommended interactive homework in which
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