Try This When Kids Are Absent!

Doesn’t it drive you crazy when kids are absent for several days and you have to gather up a list of assignments they need to complete? Even though I know it’s usually not their fault for being absent, it’s one more management task to add to my already full load. Let’s not even mention the times I’ve had to do this for students whose families take trips to Disney World in the middle of the school year!

I developed this assignment make up form to make my job a little easier when kids are absent. You can download it from the Classroom Management page on Teaching Resources. Here’s how I used it:

  1. Each day that a student was absent, I placed this form on his or her desk.
  2. I assigned a student in the same team to write down any classwork or homework assignments on the chart at the bottom.
  3. If I handed out a graphic organizer or worksheet to complete, I asked the student helper to paperclip it to the back of this form and write the title of the assignment on the front.
  4. When the absent student returned, he or she was given the packet of make-up work which included due dates.
  5. As each assignment was turned in, I checked it off and initialed that it was completed. I kept the final form for my own records.
  6. If a student was particularly forgetful or irresponsible, I made a copy of this form before giving it to the child. In the event that the make-up work was not turned in on time, this form was my proof to the parent that I did provide the child with a list of assignments to complete.
  7. If students were absent more than one day, I completed prepared a separate form for each day. In fact, I just kept a stack of these forms in my paper organizer because someone was absent almost every day.
This system worked great for me because it was an easy way to make sure that I didn’t accidentally overlook an assignment. It also helps to keep the student organized and parents love it. If a student does not complete the make-up work, they can’t claim that I never told them about it because the proof is right on the form!
What is your favorite system for making sure students complete work after they are absent?