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I really miss the classroom when I am away, so I was happy to get back today. My supply teacher had done an awesome job, and got through all my plans! Woot! I was also excited to see my students. They were very sweet and asked where I had been.
I surprised all of them this morning with a HAPPY NEW YEAR homework pass. I rarely hand out paper homework passes because I am trying to cut down on my class' paper consumption. This year students have received only three paper homework passes: Welcome Back, Birthday and Happy New Year.
This year I started to use a class list as my homework pass tracker. Next to the student's name, in what would normally be the grade box, I write HWP (short for Home Work Pass). I think I have at least 10 or 15 boxes per student on my class list which saves a TON of little homework pass papers flying around. When the student uses a homework pass I diagonally cross off one of their
Students get so excited when they get a homework pass. The majority of my students do not use them. They like to collect them through out the year to see how many they can collect and not use. I taught some of my current students last year in my 7/8 split. They asked me on the first day of school if their homework passes carry over.
To read more details on my homework pass program or other classroom management ideas read my guest blog from last week at The Resourceful Room.
Do you use homework passes in your classroom? What is your procedure? Please share your ideas in the comments section below.