Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: Make Up Work Folder

It's Tuesday which means it's time for TRIED IT Tuesday with my BBB Holly!!!
I present to you a VERY simple and VERY effective tool I use in my classroom:
I have about 6 of these folders laminated and ready to go when a student is absent.
Group members are responsible for getting a folder for any absent group members.
This bright yellow folder sits on the absent students' desks and collects any handouts that are given that day.
Directions are included inside the folder. Most importantly, the directions state there may be additional work that is not located in the folder (tests, reading assignment, writing, etc.) It is the absent student's responsibility to find out.
I've been using these folders since almost the beginning of my teaching career (17 years and I'm only 25!) and I LOVE THEM! Such a simple tool to keep absent students' desks organized with make up work! It's also a great visual: when I see a student missing from their desk...and I see a yellow folder-I know they're absent!
This is a super easy system to implement in your classroom and it basically runs itself!
Happy Tuesday Friends!


  1. I really need to implement this...I'm not quite sure why I don't do it. Often I'll have parents come pick up work in the front office. 17 years and 25...you are doing better than me. I'm on year 16 and just turned 29. LOL! XOXO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I like this idea! The simpler the better when it comes to preparing materials for absent students. I've always just had an extra copies bin... but it turns into a heap of papers and kids are confused about what they need to grab. This makes so much more sense (yet would not take that much more time to do!) I have 130 kids (5 periods)....I think I might make some period-specific folders so that kids know what their actual class did. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kate's Classroom Cafe

    Kate's Classroom Cafe

  3. What a great idea! BRILLIANT I might add... Teaching with Giggles

  4. Wow!! I can't believe you started teaching when you were 8! I waited until I was 10!! LOL. I love that you include a note in the folder and it is the student's responsibility to find out what else they owe. I always tell my students that they need to just worry about themselves and what work they missed. This is much easier than me trying to keep up with 50 students, what notes or tests they missed and on what days!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  5. Are We There Yet?
    This is such a great idea and so SIMPLE! I am going to start this today. I often have kids absent for multiple days due to horseback riding events, parents taking them on vacation - during the school year? what? yes! happens all the time. I find that I keep a copy of things for the kids, but something will be missing or the information will get buried under my pile of papers. Great idea! Thank you.
    Are We There Yet?

  6. Simple genius! Exactly the right thing I need to add to my existing policy. I put the names of any absent students on the worksheets that we use, but they get lost in their table baskets.

  7. I tried this and I have a problem with students not bringing my folder or their work back...maybe its just my school.

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