When students are absent, place one of these "We Missed You" pages at their desk. Each time you hand out a new assignments, attach it to the sheet with directions. At the end of the day, you have a form, and all of the work for when your student returns.
I put an absent folder on my absent student's desk. The students at their table will make sure they get all of the work we do that day put in their folder. I do check their folder at the end of the day and make sure there are not tests or activities that can only be done whole class. Then, when that student returns the next day, they put their folder in their backpack. The instructions to the parents are on the folder.
I'm all for making kids responsible and this is a good way to do it. The things they missed are all in one place. It is up to them to get their materials. This teacher has a lot of great classroom organization ideas.
This is one of my FAVORITE classroom management tools!! It can be soooo time consuming to answer the questions...Can we use markers?, Do we turn this in?, Is this a talking activity? I love using these assignment choice signs to answer those questions without me doing the work. Once I give directions for an activity, I quickly place checks and X's by the cards and my students know exactly where to look for the answer.
Students who are missing an assignment on its due date fill out the yellow form and turn it in instead. When the assignment gets turned in, note the date and point deduction on the form, retain bottom portion for your records, and hand back the paper. Great for explaining grades at parent conferences!
When you say fist to five check students rate their understanding by holding up the appropriate number of fingers. The goal is for everyone to be in the green. Great way for students to self-assess their understanding and help you to gauge student understanding.