Friday, July 13, 2012

Absent Friends Freebie

We can't believe we're thinking about absent students when we haven't even gone back to school yet!!!

BUT... this is summertime and we find it's the best time for dumpin' the old and preppin' the new. We just gave our old "Absent Friend Folders" a lil' facelift (they are starting to droop after 10 years and Botox wasn't really an option). 

Here's How They Work:
          We keep a set of these folders where our kiddos can access them. If they have a friend who is absent next to them, they simply go and grab an Absent Friend Folder and put it on top of their friend's desk. Now throughout the day when papers are being passed out or workbooks are being done, our paper passers just slide a copy into the folder for their friend's return. This also comes in handy when you get that phone call 5 minutes before the bell rings and it's Johnny's mom calling because he's sick and wants all his work STAT! Who has time to scramble around and collect worksheets, flip through workbooks, write directions- all the while you are frantically trying to herd the cattle calmly dismiss your cherubs at the end of the day? Simply send the folder and you're set.

Here's What We Do:
We just take file folders (you can use just plain old regular ones or there are so many fancy schmancy ones out there, that you can color coordinate and be all matchy-matchy) and glue the Absent Friend page on the front, open it up to laminate and viola!


So we are supplying you with our Botox if you're folders look like ours did, or if this is something you'd like to use to manage absent work, feel free to grab the design of your choice.




Do you have a fabulous way of managing absent friend work? We'd love to here your ideas as well as some bloggy love if you like this. 


13 comments:

  1. We did kind of the same thing except we'd put the papers in the folder. I like that you have a friend do it

    Linda
    Down The Learning Road

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  2. I am have one of those "Duh! Why didn't I think of that!" moments. I usually just stack up all of the absent student's papers on their desk. Haphazardly. And pray no kiddo moved it by the end of the day. I am so printing these now and putting the kids in charge! Thanks!

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    1. We love those "Duh Moments" and have them frequently. We actually love when they occur. That means we probably found a solution to something that was driving us crazy-Yippie! Hope this helps and you find it useful in your class!

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  3. Thank you for the freebies!!! I will definitely use these!!! :-)

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  4. Thank you, these are adorable and so smart. I need to do this!! Thanks again :)

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  5. I do something very similar, although it isn't as cute as yours! I wrote Absent Folder on several file folders and laminated them. When a student is absent, I put it on their desk and their group members keep track of putting sheets inside it. I also have them write down what we do in each subject and that days homework.

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    1. We love that Lana! Kids truly rise to the occasion when given responsibility. Ours argue over who gets to go get the folder. We actually have a rule in place for that because it was such an issue! Gotta love the helpers!

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  6. Great idea-so if you send it home, how do you make sure it comes back? Don't want to make such a cute looking folder if I have to remake it every time it gets "forgotten" or "lost". . ..

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    1. A lot of the time we will simply pull out all of the assignments, paperclip them together and send just the papers home. Most of the time it stays on their desk and when they return the next day, their make up work is there when they have the time to do it. We spend a lot of time on routine and responsibility and it seems to help. We honestly have never had one not come back but can certainly see how that could happen. Paperclippin' might be the way to go. You could also draft up a lil note that you have on hand that states your expectations and attach it to the papers. On the not could also be a little incentive for them so they bring it back as well.
      Hope that helped :)

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  7. Adorable.
    Half the time I don't bother sending work home... I rarely get it back no matter what notes I attach to it. Drives me nuts.

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  8. Cute idea! I have a Wish Well Circle leader and they could do this. Thank you for sharing. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  9. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and would love to have you join my "Blogs of Inspiration" page.
    Happy Teaching,
    Laura
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

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  10. Very cute! Thanks for sharing!

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