Classroom Organization

The Teaching Bug classroom organization absentee foldersAs I was browsing Pinterest as we all seem to do at some point during the day...ha ha.  I noticed a collaborative board on classroom organization and thought about one way I organize myself for students who are absent.  This idea came to me after countless parents would come in and ask for makeup work to be sent home to be completed.  I did not like my current system which consisted of piling up the paper on my desk which never seemed to be the right place for make up work.  So it came to me one day.  Picture a lightbulb over my head for a moment.  :-)  I took a large 8x11 brown business envelope with a clasp and created a cute cover for it and then ran it through the laminating machine.  Well I took it further and wrote all my students names on the folder and gave each of them an absentee folder.  Then another thought came to my mind...where would I stick it.  We had desks in our classroom so I took a simple index card (laminated it of course) and attached a piece of velcro to the center of the laminated card and taped it to the front of the desk.   I love laminating things by the way!  :)  Then I took the other piece of the velcro and attached it to the flap of the folder.  The folders all hung from their desks.  It worked like a charm.  As we passed out papers during the day the students would be responsible for adding it to the students absentee folder.  So when parents came in to pick up make up work or the office asked for it to be sent down...guess what I was ready right away with the work for the parents.   PLEASE NOTE:  I used stronger velcro than this to hang my folders this was just for demo purposes only.  If you don't have desks in your room you could hang them on a wall or on a bulletin board for display. 

  FREEBIE ALERT!!!!  I am attaching a free copy of my absentee folder cover.  I thought you might like to try it on your own. 

                                                    Absentee Folder Cover
  How do you handle make up work in your classroom?  I would love to know what works for you.
Happy Teaching,


  1. I love this idea!!!! So cute, thanks for sharing the freebie.

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  2. I just found your site. This is a cute idea. I'm not sure what I will do for those that are absent, but I will keep this in mind.
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  3. What a great idea! Thank you. I just finished student teaching and would love to implement something like this into my own classroom

  4. Thanks for sharing! I use a crate for homework and I put absent work there. I like this idea for classwork because that's what I forget to add to their homework pick up!

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