November 12, 2008
“I make about five extra copies of every worksheet or test and keep them in one large file folder (per subject) each semester. Whether a student has been absent for two days or a week, or a new student shows up mid-way through a chapter, it's easy to locate all the worksheets. They're arranged chronologically in the one file. If I have a key, I put it in the file too, so that students legitimately turning in the assignment long after the due date may still check the work. I keep the file in a small portable file box at the front of the classroom, easily accessible when a student says, ‘I was absent Monday, may I have a worksheet?’ or ‘My backpack was stolen, I need another worksheet.’ I don't give students access to the file, but a teacher could put a student in charge of makeup work."