As a teacher, one of the most difficult things to do is get students to complete and turn in missing work. I feel I am constantly chasing down students who have not yet submitted an assignment. I have too many students missing work to speak to every student individually. I have tried emailing parents, but this has not been very effective. Also, parents become dependent on an email and instead of being appreciative, they are angry when I do not email about every single missing assignment.
I'd tried a colleague's method of writing all the names of students who are missing work on the board, but that was very time-consuming. I then moved to printing the missing assignment report the computer gradebook program can create. I would post this by my door. This was simple and worked well initially, but students eventually stopped checking. They did not seem to notice when the list was changed and new names or assignments had appeared. The novelty had worn off.
I decided I needed a way to indicate that a new list was posted. My students love memes, so I decided I would change the meme when I changed the list. This would catch their attention and let them know the list was updated.
During a nine week quarter, I would post a meme and an updated missing work list twice before interims and twice after. For example, it might look something like this:
Week 1 =
Week 2 =
Week 3 = post missing work list
Week 4 = post missing work list
Week 5 = Interims
Week 6 =
Week 7 = post missing work list
Week 8 = post missing work list
Week 9 = Report Cards
Since I post the lists by my door, it has facilitated some great conversations with my students during class changes.
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