Ideas For Taking Classroom Attendance
Jul 11, 2009 Classroom Management 3882 Views
Explaining the Assignment
The ideal time to check who's in class is when the teacher has provided some input and the students are ready to start the activity. Since students have already connected with the academic focus of your lesson plan, they won't be distracted. Teachers do not necessarily need to call out names. Just a simple head check should take you only a few minutes.
Teachers should ideally get to know the students' names quickly in order to build a positive and direct relationship. There are special activities that can help to get to know the students' names. This can be very helpful to a new teacher, especially when there are more than two identical names or similarly sounding names.
Teachers can use seating plan templates to also get to know the names of the students. As they walk around the classroom, teachers can simply spot check the student's name as it appears in the box or seat. This makes it also easier to monitor and they then can later transfer the information to the classroom roster.
Glancing at the names in the elementary classroom helps with time management without spending five to ten minutes on calling the students' names. The primary focus in still on the teacher. An organizational tip includes arranging the names in your roster as they appear in rows. This makes it easier when it comes to checking off the names in your classroom attendance book.
Have a System
Having a consistent system is key. You can put an "X" or a dash for an absent student. If that particular student came in late, you can circle the "X" or dash. If there is a continuing problem with a student coming on time, you can make a line through the circle indicating that you've taken steps to deal with the issue. It doesn't matter what kind of system so long as it works for you.
The difference between a noisy and quiet class results from using effective procedures. Experimenting with a few different methods is good way for new teachers to know which procedures are more helpful than others when it comes to organizing and managing a classroom.