Friday, April 22, 2016
If you are like me, having an absent student was almost a daily experience. For some reason or another at least one student is gone practically every single day. So now while I am in the middle of attendance, grading, teaching, planning, and generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I now have to compile the papers for the day for each absent student. This didn't sound like very much fun to me so I created Absent Folders.
I created these cute cover pages to put on each folder. I laminated the folders because I basically can't survive if things aren't laminated and I put them in a drawer that students had access to. I also printed off many, many copies of the small 'assignments missed' sheets and put them next to the folders.
I then introduced them to the class and explained their purpose. I also explained that I would reward the first student to notice another student was absent and begin a folder for them. I used a classroom money system and I would pay them some classroom bucks.
This took the process of compiling papers for absent students completely out of my hands. It gave me one less thing to worry about and made sure that each student had what they needed on their desk when they returned. The kids were highly motivated to get the absent folders together and it worked great!
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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Recently I was able to attend the ASCD 2016 Conference in Atlanta. There were so many fabulous sessions and I learned SO much. In between sessions, I was walking around looking at the exhibitor booths. That's when I found something that actual made me stop walking instead of avoiding eye contact with the person in the booth and quickening my pace.
This booth was called KleenSlate. They were offering hand held, customizable whiteboards. I love using white boards in my class for things such as reviews, quick responses, formative assessments, and more. Plus, let's face it, our kids really enjoy drawing with markers. The KleenSlate whiteboards seemed to take this to a whole new level.
I asked the guy at the booth, who I found out was named Joe, to tell me more. He told me that his mom Julia was a former teacher. She had been teaching for fourteen years and was tired of poor quality white boards and white board markers, so she created her own. This appealed to me even more.
The best thing about this whiteboard is that it can be customized. Not only an students write on the regular whiteboard side, but you can also use one of their graphic organizers and slip it inside the clear pocket. They have a ton that you can download for free here or once your figured out the size you could probably make your own.
One of the best parts of these boards is that the whiteboard marker and the rag can be attached directly to each whiteboard. We don't have to waste time passing out whiteboards and then the markers and then the erasers. It also saves space. The rag slips easily off the ring so you can wash them for reuse.
I was salivating over these whiteboards and knew that other teachers would love them as well. I asked if they would be willing to do a giveaway to my teacher friends. They said yes! KleenSlate is going to give away 3 sets of 12 whiteboards with double markers, microfiber cleaning cloths, and free downloads of all of their graphic organizers. This is a great deal. You can enter the giveaway below. I've given you four different ways to enter! That means you can have your name in the drawing up to four times!
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