Friday, April 8, 2011

Best idea ever!!!!!

Yes I know I have been kind of in mia.  No I have been mia. Things have been crazy, budget cuts And worries about having jobs next year. But luckily I'm safe. Last year was my first year to get a two year contract. Talk about perfect timing, huh?!

Well I wanted to share with you guys what has saved my butt this year.  It may seem simple and logical but sometimes I'm not the most logical, even though I teach math.

So basically my students are able to turn in late work at any time without any penalty.  It has proved to keep me busy with making copies and getting it out of the file cabinet.  So out of frustration one day I finally said "here!  Here is all of the assignments that you have had.  They will always be at the front of the room if you need them.  If you take the last copy let me know."

I love it AND it helps promote self advocacy for the students.  They have know what they need and they have to find it themselves.

Just wanted to share my tidbit of knowledge for today :)

I hope everyone has a great Friday!  More blogs to come soon!

1 comment:

  1. Years ago, I was tired of the constant "what did I miss" just when I am trying to begin class. What *usually* do is write the absent kid's name on the paper after I have passed them out to the class (this could be 1, 2 or 10 kids depending on the day). I have a color coded hanging file on the front wall with "were you absent? Look here first" sign. I file the papers in the appropriately colored pocket and forget about it. (

    Of course, the one weak link (no surprise) is me. I have to remember to do the "absent" list by the end of the day, if I haven't done it when I pass out papers.

    Note about color codes: I assign each class a color at the start of the year and keep to it. Tests are on pink/blue/green/yellow paper. General handouts are on white paper. Their lab notebooks have a strip of colored duct tape and when I collect them, there is a milk crate of the correct color so kids know where to put them. This started as a way for me to see how many test papers I had left to grade for that class. I was so overwhelmed by a six inch pile of white paper -- with colored layers, I could mentally get a better handle on it.