I typically don't assign a lot of homework- last year was my first year and I noticed that the kids that were doing it...didn't need the practice...and the ones who did need it either practiced the entire thing incorrectly or didn't attempt it at all. (I will be assigning more next year, just working on figuring out the balance).
Anyway... this week we are preparing for the STAAR test and have homework each night. Just 10 questions... but motivating the students can be challenging this time of year.
Solution: A week ago the math department sent home a brown paper sack with each student with a note attached:
Students return the bags with some type of prize inside- some put bags of chips, candy, $1 or $5, etc.
Throughout this week when students complete homework (bonus tickets for making A's!) or win games in class, they receive tickets. They place them in containers for each class- my classes are organized by colors.
Monday I will draw names from the containers. If I draw your name, you get to select a prize bag. I'm keeping bags that are turned in separated by class so in some classes more names will be drawn then in others, but that is okay.
Really easy (and free for me!) motivation for students to complete homework! :)