Keeping up with who turned in their assignments and who didn't was one of my biggest headaches when I began teaching. Then I figured out a system that worked for me.
Students will write name and number on every assignment.
Make a class chart with 2 columns. You can get a copy HERE.
Print a stack of these and keep them near the student turn-in spot.
After I give an assignment, I tape one of the class charts by the turn-in spot. I write the name of the assignment at the top, date, and points possible.
Students will highlight their name when they turn in their assignment.
COLOR CODE: I love to color code everything. You can choose the colors that work for you. Here is an example of how you can do it.
YELLOW: Highlight name with yellow highlighter when assignment is turned in the day it is due.
ORANGE: Highlight name with orange highlighter when assignment is turned in late.
GREEN: Highlight number with green highlighter when student is absent when assignment is given.
Clip the class chart (that students highlighted their name on) on top of the stack of assignments.
The next morning before school, put the stacks of assignments with missing work in a designated spot. Students will turn in their assignments and highlight their name with the late color highlighter (if the next day is considered late).
Continue putting out stacks of assignments each morning until you get 100%.
Save the class charts with highlighted names. These are great documentation for R.T.I., parent teacher conference, and giving work habits grades on report cards.
The color code makes it easy to see patterns with work habits.
Explain to your class that rushing through your work and missing key details or not doing all of the problems is like driving a car too fast. Ask them what happens if their parents drive over the speed limit? They could get a ticket from the police. The same thing will happen to students who "speed" too fast through their work. They will get a speeding ticket.
Having to redo the assignments should encourage students to complete their work the correct way in the future.
Journal entry that used correct punctuation
Showing work on math assignments
Picture with many details
Show improvement: i.e. share 2 writing samples to show improvement
Let your parents know the good news that you shared their child's work as an example today with happy news note in the picture above. You can either staple it as a bracelet or attach it to students' backpacks.
After sharing an example of quality work, I like to give a little treat. Sometimes I let them get a prize from the bucket.