Handling Make-Up Work

We all have had that student, the one who misses class and then does not get the make-up work. He doesn’t ask for the work, he forgets what day he missed, or he whines to you that he needs the work…in the middle of a lesson. Even worse is when the student misses some work or a test, and doesn’t care to ask about it until he realizes that he is going to have an F on his report card for that six-weeks unless he takes the test. By this time, he can’t remember the test material!

This is the method I have come up with, based on some other ideas I have read, to help expedite the process. I will have a folder for each class, with the big paper clips labeled with each day of the week. For each week, I will put the materials from each day (or a copy of the notes given) into the corresponding paper clip. When a student is absent they will go check the folder. If the clip for the day they missed is still on the outside of the folder, then there is no make-up work. If the clip is not on the outside, then the student must retrieve the correct day’s stack of work, remove the assignment, and replace the remaining assignments back in the folder. Sounds pretty easy to me! Hopefully my students will be able to manage it easily. 🙂

I am going to use a similar process for students turning in work or picking up graded work; there will be “drop boxes” labeled for each class, one for turning in work, and another for picking up graded work.


About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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