Thursday, October 29, 2009


Focus: Elements of a Story

Essential Question: How do I identify characteristics in a story?


6. Appetizer (Remember to copy notes when you return)

7. Focus Lesson (Remember to copy notes when you return)

8. Read, as a class, until page 60—the end of Part I.

9. Students will draw a double bubble map to show how Charlie has changed since the operation.

10. Newspaper summares

Turn in vocabulary paragraph!!

Then, I save that document in a file called "Daily Lessons" under its date. I then make several hard copies of this daily plan. For every child that is in "In school suspension (or whatever your school calls it)", I send a copy of this along with any worksheets they may need. This takes care of those kids. You can then hold them responsible for the exact same things the other kids are responsible for. It also takes care of my need to document my daily lessons.

I have also hired a student to take all the daily notes and put them into a class folder. This holds all kids responsible for the notes.

The absence part of the plan is this:

I have two manilla folders hanging on the bulletin board. One has a sign that says "Missed Work Request Form". Inside it has blank forms that look like this:

Date ____________________
Date Absent _______________
Teacher Comments______________

The other folder has a sign that says "Completed Missed Work Request Forms". My students know that it is their responsibility to fill out a missed work request form for any day that they are absent. If they forget to do it, they are still responsible for the work. Most forget, but then they can’t come crying to me about it later.

If they do fill it out, I am under no obligation to look at it at any specific time. So when a student comes to me and says "What did I miss?" I just point to the folders and move on. When they say, "When are you getting me my work?" I can say, "When I have time. Sit down." I take the forms when I do have time and see the date they need work for.

Then, I just go to my "Daily Lesson" file and print out the date(s) they need. I don’t have to rack my brain trying to remember what we did—the agenda is just right there. Then I staple those sheets to their missed work request form, give that work a due date, and give it to the student.

Of course, many students don’t fill out the form. Many don’t do the work even if they do fill out the form. But now, when a parent calls and says "Why is Lamont failing? He missed a week of school!" I can say "I gave Lamont all of his assignments and a week to do them and he didn’t". I can even give the parent another copy of exactly what I gave him.

I also make a copy of the missed work request form in their own handwriting and put it in their file, but I am paranoid. This system has been working really well for me. I hope any part of it helps. Let me know if any of it is unclear.
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