My solution was to have the students create their own blogs, create a new blog post for every class, and link all their work to their blog. Sometimes, the students would write their work or take their notes directly into their blogs. Either way, there was one location for all their work, which was a win-win for both of us. The students had no question where their work was for any reviews and I knew exactly where their work was when it came time to grade it.
My district is a Google district, so we used Google Sites and they were a very simple solution. After the kids had created their sites they customized their looks. Sometimes the looks were elegant, unique to the student, and helpful as seen below:
- their posts needed to be created everyday
- naming conventions needed to be followed
- all work needed to be posted to be graded
- posts from absences needed to be clearly identified
- missing or late work also needed to be clearly identified.