I've also always wanted to try the "While You Were Out" form that gave more detail to each student rather than just handouts, but I don't have time at the end of the day to complete one for each student. But I implemented roles last year, and one of the Recorder's jobs is to "set aside papers for absent group members." Which really meant nothing last year, but will mean something this year.
So I made a form:
Now here's the plan:When a student is absent the recorder (or navigator who is the substitute recorder), will grab a "While you were out" form and complete it as we go throughout class. They will also collect any handouts for the student. At the end of class they will tack it back up onto the bulletin board. Then when the student returns he/she can check the bulletin board and grab his/her work.
I will demonstrate how to complete the form in each class period during the first week when someone is absent. Then I will have to ensure that students are doing it from that point on.
My one concern: leaving extra tacks for students to tack the work back up there...seems dangerous with freshmen, but I'm going to try!