We Miss You When You're Gone

"Beuller, Beuller, Beuller..." As a reading intervention teacher, we know how essential it is for students to be present every day to get as much instruction as possible. It can become frustrating on our part, as well as the students’ part when there is inconsistent attendance. At the beginning of each year, when I send parents a welcome letter, I include a statement about the vital importance of consistent attendance. There are very valid reasons for students to miss school. I certainly wouldn’t want to sick kiddo to come to school and quite possibly get the other students or me sick. Having a plan of what to do when students are absent will lessen the impact of the lost instructional time. 

The absolute most important thing I do when a student is absent is have a folder ready for documentation. There is too much that happens in my day to depend on my memory to remember who was gone and what they missed. In the folder I can note who was gone and what lesson they missed, as well as place any worksheets or reports that I need to give them. 

What exactly a student missed out on drives how we proceed when they return. While the rest of the class is completing the "Do Now" bell-ringer I will meet with the student or students who were absent. If we are on Day 2 of a reading, I will generally ask them to read Day 1 silently instead of doing the bell-ringer, so that they can participate in the Day 2 reading with a better understanding. Then, during their independent reading time I will partner them up with a student who really showed a good grasp of the material the previous day in whole and small group. It certainly becomes a little more tricky to catch students up when they have missed multiple days, however it just takes some creative planning and often a little help from a capable classmate. 

In some situations, I have had students who missed more than a week for medical or behavior related reasons. If you know that a student is going to be gone for a significant period of time, you can un-enroll them from READ 180, so that it doesn’t show the low software usage. Then, when they return just re-enroll them and they pick up right where they left off. 

Stage B READ 180 Classroom Teacher
  • AskDee

    What good ideas for students who are absent! Tashena, I will direct teachers to this blogpost when they ask what do do when students are absent. Dee