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Who's There?

Make your attendance routine count.

Get Into the Routine

For more tips on effectively handling classroom routines, check out the Education World article Teachers, Start Your Engines: Management Tips from the Pit Crew.

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Attendance Learning
Take attendance without wasting time.

For an easy way of taking attendance, write each student's name on a strip of tag board, laminate it, and glue a magnet to the back. Each day, post a question and possible answers on a whiteboard. Students "sign in" by placing their magnets in the appropriate answer column.

Attendance Multitasking
Take attendance and lunch count at the same time.

Hang a ribbon from a pizza pan that's divided into three sections ("Brought Lunch," "Bought Lunch," and "Milk Only"), and label small clothespins with each student's name. Every morning, have students move their clothespins from the ribbon to the appropriate section of the pizza pan. Absent students' clothespins stay on the ribbon.

Attendance Review
Take attendance with a quick quiz.

If you prefer to take attendance individually, make it meaningful. Instead of calling out students' names and waiting for them to say "Here," ask each student a quick question related to the previous day's work.

Article by Linda Starr
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