I am in the zone! The list making, organizing, idea generating zone, get ready for school zone.
As I think about how I want to manage my math classes this year, I can't help but think of one problem I have every single year. See if this sounds familiar.
You give a test. On test day, say you have 10 people absent. Do they come in and make up the test right away? Uhhh, not in my classes! Some serious reminding, brow beating, and sometimes even phone calls to parents have to happen before I can get my darlings to come make up a test.
Here is how the conversation will go when they finally make it in to take their test.
Student: "Mrs. H, I'm here to take the test I owe you."
Mrs H: "Which test are you wanting to take?" (we've taken 3 tests since the one they missed)
Student: "I don't know what it's about. It's the one you gave me a zero for in the gradebook."
Mrs. H: After discerning which test it is that this student owes me, I begin to look everywhere for the test. It's here somewhere I know! Can it be under one of the piles on my desk? Did I file it? Oh Sweet Baby Jesus, where did I put that
After searching frantically for the test for a good 5 minutes or so, I give up and say, "Why don't I just print you out another one. Go sit down and I'll be right with you."
Student finally takes the test and then it is time to find the #&%$ answer key. Same frustrating scenario unfolds as Mrs. H scrambles to find the answer key.
Not this year my friends! I have an idea! Now, I'm sure all of you already have a great system for situations such as this and if you do, then why haven't you shared it with me yet?? I've been dealing with this issue every single year! So here's my idea.
I bought a 1.5" binder like this
Then I put all my answer keys to my quizzes and tests into sheet protectors like this.
Then I bought some dividers which have pockets like this. I put one after each test.
So now, when a student is absent on test day, I am going to put a blank copy of the test they missed with their name on it in the divider. It will be right there along with the answer key!!!! Brilliant!!!! I'm so excited about my idea. Now if I can just manage to not lose the %$#@ notebook!