I teach 7th and 8th grade Math and Reading and specifically work with the inclusion students. One of my most time consuming tasks is communicating with all my students’ teachers on how they are doing in each class, specifically if they are turning in assignments and doing well on them. I created 2 forms to work with a range of comfort levels in both teachers and students.
The first 4 pages are divided up by subject, with a column to list all of my students. I use this in an electronic form, on Google docs, and share with all my teachers. They are then able to go in and edit for each student and subject and it instantly changes on my drive as well. This is great for instant communication and an efficient way to have students complete or redo work in a timely manner (instead of having them make up work that was missed weeks after it was taught which, if we’re being honest, happens all the time with our SPED population specifically). You could also just print the document and put in the teachers mailbox for them to complete.
The last page is what I use as a hard copy for the teachers who are a little less likely to use newer technology or students who benefit from having a “homework reminder”. This page allows me to print out a table with the students name and all of their subjects. They can then take this to each of their classes and have their teachers fill out it they have any missing assignments. I am then able to work on those assignments and write down what actions were taken on that same sheet. I then file the log in my student’s data binders for future reference if needed.
While I use these forms for my inclusion students, it would work just as well for a whole class or those students who really seem to struggle to turn assignments in. It is a great way to document differentiation in a student’s environment (for those wonderful teacher evaluations) and also a great way to let the parents know ahead of time, why their students grades may be lower than anticipated (No more, or at least less, phone calls/emails/visits after grade cards go home with questions about why “Johnny” received a D in science).