For those of you that don't know, I just finished my second full year of teaching. I consider myself a pretty organized person and I pride myself on that. I never misplace student work, my desk drawers are easy to access and neat, my classroom library is pretty neat...(ok. I'm done bragging). But you know what's something that I'm really bad at? Keeping track of missing student work.
I don't assign a lot of homework - I don't really believe in it. Yes, even as a secondary teacher. I firmly believe that if I don't want to go home and grade and lesson plan until 10 pm, neither do my students. So I don't want to contribute to that part of their life. But that doesn't mean I don't have any missing student work. Summative and formative assessments, classwork checks...I still keep those for grades.
I don't go around with my rank book because I don't keep a hard copy of grades. I put everything in the computer right away. So how do I keep a list of missing work? Like every good teacher - on sticky notes and random pieces of paper. And let me tell me - I am SO LUCKY that I haven't lost any of those lists yet. But I'm just waiting for it to happen one day. I usually stick it to my computer. But quite often, my desk looks like this...
Seriously - I don't know how I haven't lost anything yet.
But this year, I have a new plan. And it's genius, if I do say so myself.
Laminated sheets I CAN WRITE ON.
This way, it's on my desk, I know what I'm looking for, I know which assignment I'm tracking, I know the date (for the grade book when I enter it later on). GENIUS, right? :)
I also created a tracking sheet for who says they're coming for extra help and when. Because this, too, is something I'm really bad at.
All you have to do is print them off and laminate them. That's IT. No tricks, nothing. And you can write on them with a dry erase marker (which we have about 30493209 of, so that's perfect!)
You can download it here for FREE!
How have you been keeping your checklists of missing student work? What tips and tricks can you offer me?