Everybody has bad days...teachers and students alike...With this pass, students are given the opportunity for one day off per semester (or however often you choose to use these). All the student must do is fill out the information on their pass and lay it on their desk. You go by and collect it off of their desk and they are exempt from participation. This has worked wonders in building my classroom culture. What usually ends up happening is that a student will use it and then see that we are playing a game or doing something fun and then they change their mind and want to participate. Also, since the students only get one of them, they have to truly decide if they're feeling that bad that they want to be exempt. I usually also give bonus points on the final exam if the students keep their pass the entire semester.
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