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Missing Assignment Form

I am a sucker for anything that brings order and organization to my classroom.  One problem that I believe is prevalent in the world of education is motivating a child to do homework.  One day, as I was surfing the waves of the internet I stumbled across a webpage On this website “E” shares her Missing Homework Sheet.  I loved the idea but found the form to be a bit juvenile for a high school classroom.  So, I used this idea to create one for myself.

Missing Assignment Log

They way this form works is:

Every student MUST turn in something when an assignment is taken up.  If a student doesn’t have the assignment then he or she must GET UP, WALK ACROSS THE ROOM, GET A FORM, FILL IT OUT, and TURN IT IN with the rest of the class.  This is a positive use of peer pressure.

Ideally, the form is printed out on a bright colored paper – you know, that obnoxious yellow or caution orange.  That way the paper will stick out in your stack of collected papers until the student turns in the assignment.

When the late assignment is finally turned in it gets graded and the teacher would fill out the bottom of the form and attach it to the assignment.  The teacher then keeps the top portion in the class files for documentation.

Missing Assignment Log


There have been lots of changes in my little world in the last couple of years.  A new baby, a tornado that destroyed my school, a temporary school, portable classrooms, and finally a NEW job.  Maybe since things have settled down I can keep this blog updated.  There have been so many crafty and/or educational things I’ve done, taken pictures, and never got around to posting.  I’ll (hopefully) do better. 

I recently was offered, and accepted, a job at the high school in my community and I couldn’t be more excited to help grow the program. 

Today I went to the new school and found out that I will NOT BE FLOATING but have a permanent classroom.  The new classroom is basically a clean & blank slate.  It’s white, with white trim, and accents of white.  The previous teacher didn’t leave much as far as decoration- just a couple of cork-boards and those curtains.  I took some pictures and plan to update as I craft and decorate for the new classroom.

Here is my room!  This view is from the hallway as you walk in the door.  I use my SmartBoard a LOT so I really want to move my desk away from that area.

I’ll probably keep the little curtains.  They are cute – grey with a red trim.  I may take them down and monogram a big “S” on each of them.  Or I may scrap them and make some new ones.  We’ll see!


This is a view from the back corner where I’m thinking about moving my teacher’s desk if there is power and internet there.  Plus, I think I can see what the kids are doing better from this angle AND I won’t risk the in-house television falling on my head. 


This final view is from where the teacher’s desk is located now!  LOOK AT THAT STORAGE!  I am going to have room for all 11 years (plus 6 years of summer school) of teacher supplies I have to find a place for AND have room left over!  Smile

The area between the cabinets and the green bulletin board is where I’m hoping I can put my desk. 


I have a lot of ideas as far as decoration.  I guess I should probably incorporate red into the theme.  First, it is the school’s main color.  Second, it is my favorite color.  Finally, those desks are BRIGHT red and can’t be missed. 

Printable Gradebook

Even though our school system has a completely elctronic gradebook and attandance book online I still love to have a physical gradebook.  You just never know what is going to happen or when the site will be down.  I also like keeping a physical book because I can look at the “big picture” on one page rather than logging in and out of several different pages to see what is going on with a child.  It’s nice to be able to recognize when a student’s grade is low because of outstanding absences, tardies, or just sheer laziness.  I also like being able to grab the gradebook and go to a data meeting or a parent conference because most of the time there is not a computer accessible during those situations.

I decided to spend a little time with Excel and make my own.  I liked a gradebook that I used when I first started teaching.  It had 3 rows dedicated to each student.  I used the top one to mark absences, the middle to code the absence (P for Parent Note, D for Doctor’s note, F for Fieldtrip, S for Suspension, R for Retract, O for Other), the bottom row was used for the score that the child received on an assignment that day.  So, I patterend my gradebook to that theme.  It is scaled to use over one entire quarter.  It can be printed on standard 8.5 x 11″ paper or cardstock.

Here is the FREE PDF version of the gradebook:  Gradebook 2012

I plan to print mine on a cardstock, punch holes in it, and place it in my 3-ringed binder that I have dedicated for each class.