As you can see, I not only plan out lessons for each day but also homework assignments as well as the major assessments. Now, some of you might say that this kind of planning doesn’t allow you to respond to your students’ needs and be spontaneous. Well, if you go this route and decide to give your students a calendar with this kind of detail on it, be sure to include a disclaimer on your calendar that says,
“This calendar is subject to change at any time. All changes will be announced in class.”
This is key because we know as teachers that nothing ever goes according to plan. We have TEN fire drills at our school in New York City (imagine 5500 students pouring out onto the streets from a 9-story building!), and they are unannounced fire drills, so when they happen, you lose an entire class period. Things like this happen, and the calendar has to change. You can also add in one day per week explicitly for catching up/ enrichment/ re-teaching. I like to call this a “flex” day. I did not put that into this particular calendar plan, but it is always a good idea to allow yourself that flexibility, especially as a new teacher.
The calendar is an excellent tool not only for students, but it’s also great to give parents, so they know what’s coming up. I have also turned in my calendars as “artifacts” of my “effectiveness” as a teacher, so for those of you teaching in Common Core states, this is a great tool you can use to show how you are implementing the standards. As a side note, putting the Common Core Standards on the calendar is a great idea and will help you keep track of them throughout the year.
2. Keep a make-up work log.
The calendar communicates to students their assignments upfront, so if a student is absent on any given day, he/she can look at the calendar to get an idea of what he/she missed in class. But the calendar doesn’t give instructions, handouts, notes, Power Points, etc. And it doesn’t reflect changes that have been announced in class. This is where the Make-up Log comes into play!
While You Were OutMissing Assignment Logs Set 1
The printable forms in this set will provide primary grade teachers with an easy, efficient, self-explanatory method of tracking assignments for absent students. The first form is blank and allows you to write in the subject area, due date, assignment, and directions for up to five areas of study. The second form is labeled with the subject areas of math, science, reading, and social studies with a blank space enabling you to include additional coursework. Again, this set includes a space to record the due date, assignment, and directions for your students.
These missed assignment forms are best printed in full color but are almost as eye-catching in black and white! No answer keys are included.
Grade recommendation: k-3
Skills: missing assignment log | classroom management | teacher resource | free classroom printable
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