While You Were Out Sheet
One of the tools that has helped me, my students, and parents is a "While You Were Out" sheet. I try to list everything that I might do in my class and make it as easy to fill out as possible. Some teachers on the web would allow a student to fill them out and attach papers given out for that day. I need to give up that control, but haven't yet. It is also a working document and can be revamped at any time. I'm into making less and less copies, so I have put two to a page. Use bright colored paper so they are easy to spot. Have a general location in your room that doesn't change for them to always check and get their work when they come back from being absent.
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