I have been struggling with missing homework for several years. There's always students that are hard to get homework from, yet parents still question the situation. Students tell the teacher one thing, the parent another... it's an ongoing battle.
This missing homework notebook is an accountability piece for the students. Each day, students that do not turn in homework visit the homework notebook. In this notebook, they write the date, the assignment that was due, and the reason they did not have it.
Sometimes, I do accept late work. Because of that, one of the inserts also has a "turned in late?" option. This is where I record WHEN it was turned in late.
This is EXTREMELY helpful for conferencing and meeting with parents - especially when there are an abundance of missing assignments/homework! Everything is documented - and in the students' writing, so they have no excuses when it comes to confrontation about those zero's!
I am extremely open to adding more options - just leave feedback, I'll work on it, and then I'll upload a revised file!