Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Absent Folders

For this new school year I decided I needed to come up with a plan for when I have students that are absent.  In the past I would always forget to gather the work and handouts that they missed.  I would be scrambling at the last minute trying to gather work for when the student returned to school or a parent came at the end of the day to pick up their child’s missed work.  So this year to help make getting work together for my absent students I have made “absent folders”.  When a student is absent, I place the “absent folder” on their desk.  Throughout the day as I pass out worksheets, handouts, etc. I have the student that sits next to that child put the work in the “absent folder.”  When the student returns to school, I send the “absent folder” home with them.  The student then takes the folder home and completes their missed work.  When their work is completed they return it in the folder.  It’s super simple and saves me so much time!
Here is what my Absent Folders look like!

Here is a look inside my folders.  I have a "Missed Work" and a "Keep at Home" pocket with instructions.

You can't just have one!  :)

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  1. These are very cute! I am still trying to get the whole "absent student" thing down. Thanks for your helpful tips!

    Tabitha Carro
    FlapJack Educational Resources

  2. Brilliant! I love that you thought if through enough to add placing it on the student's desk when they are gone!! Love it and your design is adorable and noticeable! I also like that you are including classmates in helping to ensure that others get the info they need when they are not at school! What a great habit to create for the older grades! Thanks for sharing! I always appreciate your ideas!
    Alisa - Victoria, BC

  3. wah!! so nice of you!! a good teacher!!

  4. great, idea! thank you I will use the idea this year in my 1° grade in France. I can't use your because it's in English of course
    Catherine Kamblock

  5. How do you get them to stay so neat looking? Do you laminate the page onto the folder or just glue it?

  6. This is such a great idea! I was sick a lot when I was younger and I wish my teacher did something like this, it would of made it easier.