Thursday, August 7, 2014

Since You've Been Gone

This year, I'm switching up my system for absent students. In previous years, I've had a file folder waiting for students when they return with worksheets and notes from the school day. This process really didn't work for my class, students, or organization system. In an attempt to help students become more self-motivated and responsible, I introduce to you....
Kelly Clarkson

First, I can't help but grin like a goober when I look at this hanging file. Who wouldn't want to look at Kelly Clarkson rocking out when searching for their absent work?

Want a copy? Click here to download the file from Google Drive!

Here's my game plan: 
  • Hanging files will be labeled with the five days of the week. My Postal Clerk will add an extra copy in the absent file for students who are absent (even if we have perfect attendance, I will have an one extra copy just in case!) Say two or three students are absent? Then, my Postal Clerk will add that many copies to the basket. 
  • When the child returns to school from being out, they will ask me what they missed and I will hop on my desk and start singing, "SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GOONNNEEEEE" Just kidding. 
  • When the child returns to school from being out, I will remind them to check with Kelly (hehe) and get their work from the day they missed. 

What tricks do you have to manage absent work with multiple classes? Share with me!


  1. This is fabulous!! Do you mind sharing it?

    1. Brilliant, Sandy!
      I just updated the blog post with a link to share.

      Here's the link to the document via Google Docs!

  2. I love it! I have been looking for some ideas because I didn't feel like I was really doing anything. Just leaving them on their desk and hope we all got lucky with them finding them! I was thinking of getting magnet clips and just putting them on the board with their name on it. You are much more creative! May have to steal the idea! Thanks!

    1. Thank you! I am hoping this works out... especially because I want my students to be more motivated to do things on their own. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Love ur idea. Wanna use it for my class

  4. Love it!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ha! That is so fun! I just put folders on their desk during the morning and then have a friend collect their work for them in the folder throughout the day. I have to put a kid in charge or else...well, it doesn't always happen. I may have to put a picture of Kelly on the folders though... too funny!! Thanks for sharing!
    The Teaching Thief


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