Absent Work: How to Use Google Classroom - EB Academics

Grab Your Free Writing Guide

Become an EB Insider Today

Absent Work: How to Use Google Classroom

July 8, 2018 2 min read

Absent Work: How to Use Google Classroom

July 8, 2018 2 min read

I’m not sure why I hadn’t discovered this before, but if you are a Google Classroom school, you should absolutely use Google Classroom for absent work. I implemented this last year for the first time, and it was AMAZING! Handling absent students no longer was this *big* issue. If you don’t use Google Classroom, check out this post here to read about what I did in the past. If you do use Google Classroom, keep reading …

First, I create an entirely separate class specifically for absent work.

I title the class “Absent Work” and make sure to include which section of students this class is for. This makes it incredibly useful if you teach multiple grade levels. I have all of my students sign up for the class using the class code.

 

Now that the class is created and all of my students are in the class …

I will assign one of my students to be the “Absent Helper” for a month (or however long you assign class jobs). That student has access to upload announcements and assignments. This student, let’s say Susan, is responsible for uploading the work from that day to the Absent Work class for her grade. So Susan will either create an announcement or add an assignment for all of the classes she visits that day – from ELA to History and Spanish to Science.

This creates a streamlined and easy process for students to gain access to what they missed. It also makes it very easy for me, as everything is online for students to access. Meaning, they can see missed work from Monday on Monday while they are home – hypothetically, they could even do some of the work at home that day!

What’s even better is that my Absent Helper can take pictures of the notes from class and upload those to the Absent Work class as well! She can take pictures of any worksheets or handouts and upload those as well.

 

One thing that I do create initially to make everything more organized is to create topics for each subject. Simply create a new announcement and create a new topic, or create a new topic on the sidebar on the main page of the class. This way, students can organize what they missed by class when they are looking through the absent work.

And that’s really all there is to it! Again, it’s a very simple, organized, streamlined, and efficient way to keep track of absent work throughout the day and allow students easy access to what they’ve missed. In my experience, it has been a win-win for all of us 🙂

EB Academic Camps

All posts

3 Comments

  • Anita Slater July 9, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Did you find that this was easier for students to navigate and access versus just posting all assignments and announcements to your main Google Classroom?

    • EB Academic Camps July 12, 2018 at 3:13 am

      Hi Anita!

      Yes, we found this was MUCH easier than posting everything to our main Google Classroom because posts would get lost there throughout the day. Hope this helps!

      Caitlin

  • Scout September 23, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    How do I register correctly? I'm confused by the question it asks about having a school administrator approve of the classroom.

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Welcome!

    Welcome!

    Hi there! We're two middle school ELA teachers with a mission to share ideas, tips, and tricks for effectively teaching reading and writing in the secondary classroom. We're so happy you stopped by!

    Caitlin + Jessica

    Your 15 Free Resources Are Waiting!

    Immediately receive access to our
    Free Resource Library

    We promise we won't spam you.

    Let’s Connect

    Popular Posts

    Our Latest Posts

    Categories

    Instagram

    • You guys!! 🥳🎉 ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Our FREE ebook is done and ready for you!! 😘😘⁣⁣
⁣⁣
We’ve included over 25 pages of content that includes tips, strategies, structures, free lesson plan ideas, activities, and links to even MORE free content! ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
... plus a special link to our Balanced Teaching Approach Facebook Group where we have ANOTHER free resource download for you as well ♥️ ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Come join us on this journey to find more balance in your teaching life 😘 ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
LMK in the comments if you’d like me to DM you the link!
    • I put our new office together with a few things in mind: calmness, brightness, and functionality ♥️ I have to say, we really love getting to work in this space each day!
    • Surprise!! 🥳🎉 ⁣
⁣
... and no, I’m not back in the classroom (although I kind of wish I was!) ...⁣
⁣
But even more exciting for YOU is that our ELA Masterclass Mini Series from last year is coming back!! ⁣
⁣
I’ve teamed up with @buildingbooklove @readitwriteitlearnit @readingandwritinghaven and @doccopteaching to bring you some AMAZING virtual Professional Development!⁣
⁣
Registration opens tomorrow and the virtual sessions will be released on Sunday, September 15th! ⁣
⁣
Make sure to register as soon as we open registration because I know so many of you were bummed to have missed this last year! We can’t wait! 😘♥️
    • Enough said 🍎
    • I’ve gotta be honest in that I am really missing moments like this at the end of a successful teaching day ... 🥺 ⁣
⁣
And this isn’t to say I’m asking for sympathy in any way! I’m very happy and loving supporting teachers and students in a different way this year outside of the classroom!⁣
⁣
But it is to say, I LOVE teaching, and I always will, and I hope at some point in the future to be able to be back in my own classroom doing what I absolutely was put on this earth to do ♥️♥️⁣
⁣
In the meantime, however, Jessica and I have SO much incredible stuff coming your way (free online PD, a free ebook, and so much more!) 😘⁣
⁣
Tomorrow, when you turn on the lights to your classroom and are getting everything set up for your day of teaching, just know that you are making a difference in children’s lives!! 🤗😘♥️
    • Freebie!! Woo hoo!! 🎉🥳🤩 (And yes, Jessica is making an appearance on the gram!!). If you haven’t grabbed our three free weeks of bell ringers from us yet, what are you waiting for?! LMK in the comments if you’d like me to DM you the link to grab them 🤗🤗 I’ll get back to you tonight and over the weekend!

    Follow @ebacademics

    ×