Assign homework on a regular basis so that students are aware that homework is a part of your classroom routine. Try to avoid lengthy weekend assignments.
Use an assignment pad which requires your initials and parents' initials for students who do not return assignments. Make clear to the student that it will be his responsibility to write down the assignments.
To help students get assignments home in one piece and also to return work in good condition, encourage the use of plastic folders or book bags. Make folders or homework totes as a class art project. Mark all homework within 24 hours and return to students within that time frame.