Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week! {and a FREEBIE!!!}

Absent Students and Their Absent Minded Teacher

There are quite a few ways teachers like to take attendance but I can tell you that for me it is nothing like you see in the movies or what I remember from school. It’s a non-event. There is no obnoxious teacher reading from a list each student’s name, calling names over and over again only to receive no answer. Like this guy pictured below from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one of my favorite teen movies growing up. (Yep I really dated myself there.)

This movie reminds me of waiting through countless role calls during school, and I was that squirmy, but quiet kid who couldn't stand it. So I vowed when I started teaching I would figure out an easy and painless way. When I take attendance it’s a silent activity as I will do enough talking over the day. Students are already seated and working while I briefly check over my seating chart to see who is missing from their seats that day. I also count my students just to be extra sure I haven’t missed anyone. Then I log onto my computer to submit any tardies or absences. Sounds easy cheesy right? Well it is supposed to be, but I admit I often get carried away with the day if all my students are present and then I get a call from the office, kindly reminding me to submit attendance.

This leads to the next conundrum. How to manage getting assignments and papers to absent students without tearing your hair out.  An easy solution I came up with long ago was a special folder that gets placed on their desk by a student helper when I take attendance each morning. Through the day as items are passed out, neighbors adjacent to the absent student are responsible for adding the papers to their folder. When the absent student returns the folder is still on their desk with all the papers that were handed out while they were gone.

I designed this special message and graphic to place on plain folders that I laminated.

Absent Folder FREEBIE

Newly updated to this!

Absent Folder FREEBIE

And just to say a big THANKS for being an awesome teacher you can download it for free at my store on Just click here.  

Also everything in my store is 20% off as part of Teacher Appreciation Week on TpTs site-wide sale May 6 & 7th with an additional 10% off if you use the code below. That's 30% off!!! Just type in TPTXO at check out, on the already sale priced items.

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