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The fall and winter months come with lots of sick children, and in turn, absent students from your class. You know what that means - extra work for you!
When your students miss school, that means they need to catch up on missing work (among other things) when they get back. Oh, and let’s not forget about the parents who ask for work to be sent home at the last minute…like “3:00 on a Friday last minute”. 🙄
With everything that you are already responsible for as a teacher, managing missed work due to absences can become very overwhelming very quickly.
Today we’re going to talk about how you might want to handle missing work for your students and how you can organize it all. This is yet another topic that likely wasn’t covered in University, but one that we need to be prepared for. The reality is that you will always have sick kids, and students that go away on vacation during the school year, so you need to have a system for managing that.
There are things you can put in place now so that when you do have absent students, you’re not scrambling around trying to figure out how to get them caught up.
One big takeaway that I want you to leave with after listening to this episode is that you don’t need to take a ton of extra time catching students up on work throughout the day. Instead, I want you to work smarter, not harder. Use these creative ideas to enlist the help of your students, other adults in the school building, book buddies, and parent volunteers.
In case you want to refer back to my ideas for handling missing work that I mention inside of this episode, they are:
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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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