Calling Roll

I have started to call roll about 2/3 of the way through the class period. It is so fast to do it that way because I know, since I have been teaching to the eyes for a half an hour up to that point, exactly who is absent. I just tell the kids we are going to take a break, and then I go over to the computer, call roll, and get right back into the CI or quick quiz or whatever was happening when we stopped. I never did like calling roll at the beginning of the class. It wastes a ton of time, over the course of the year, when I could be doing CI.

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6 thoughts on “Calling Roll”

  1. My administration wants me to have the roll done within the first 10 minutes of class (doesn’t always happen), so I ask in the target language who is missing. Students have to be aware of who is in the class but not present that day. I then ask if anyone knows why – sick? on a trip? school activity? etc.

  2. Same here–I need the roll taken in the first 5 minutes or so. That said, I’ve learned to use that time to work new vocabulary in: “Who is missing?” “Everybody is here except for whom?” etc. They get it everyday, so why not teach them something while we’re at it?

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