On days that our students are away, it's a great idea to keep track of what they missed so they can catch up easily the next day or when they return. Part of ensuring this is a smooth process for all, is for one, organize a buddy list so that each time a student is absent, there is a student keeping track of their work for them. Two, have a "While you were absent" list (make plenty of photocopies) within a folder (you may want to have a few of these on hand, should there be more than one student absent) in a bin.
Check it out! I used this in my Gr.7/8 class last year and it worked great! Be consistent and help your students be consistent too!
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