March 15, 2006
I keep a folder for each class period in a file stacker at the front of the room and assign a note taker every day. The note taker uses carbon paper and notebook paper to copy the notes from the lecture. The student gets to keep his/her original and the copy goes in the class file at the end of the period. All students know when they return from an absence, they are to check the folder for any notes and handouts they may have missed. If more than one student is absent, the note taker writes the names of the absentees on the top of the paper so they know when they return they have to copy the notes and pass them on to the next student. This policy works well for me, and I don't have to answer the 'What did I miss yesterday?' question. My students know to look in the file.