I had seen many various of this on pinterest and blogs, and I finally figured out something that works well enough for me. Well enough for a semester at least! I wanted to make sure that handouts were easily accessible and that students could see what they might have missed other than a handout.
So here is my bulletin board about a week ago:
I have a folder for each day of the week and I taped a 1/2 page of transparency to the front. This way I can write a brief description of what happened in class AND include any handouts all in one go.
Up close for a day with a handout:
Up close for a day without a handout (they can tell there is still something they need to make-up):
Students who are chronically absent like this because they know how to take care of their work. Students who are rarely absent are just figuring the system out now. But I don't mind because it is easy to manage. On Friday when students who were absent Thursday didn't have the paper they needed for their notes I could easily say "It's in the Thursday folder." and they can figure the rest out themselves. It doesn't take up my time for them to get what they need.
I plan to modify slightly for next year, but I haven't finalized what I want. The transparency won't last all year and for small pieces of paper (as often happens with interactive notebooks) the folders are no good. I was thinking about getting the folders laminated and seeing if that helped any. I can use dry erase on laminated stuff just as well as a transparency.
How do you manage work for absent students? What do you value about your system?