Students roll into seminary, and sometimes they're late. It's going to happen. I've tried to come up with a fair way for them to do tardy make-ups. So far, this has worked for me over the last several years.
1. I collect each student's e-mail address at the beginning of the year.
2. I send them each an e-mail to make sure I have the correct e-mail address.
3. I put them in an e-mail group in my address book online.
4. For every day that I have a lesson, I send them a group e-mail (BCC) with 3 questions from the lesson. I call them my "3 Seminary Questions", followed by the date.
5. In order to get credit for a tardy, they must answer at least one question correctly and send it back to me through e-mail. Since I send 3 questions/day, they have an opportunity to get credit for 3 tardies at one time. They cannot "bank" their tardies past a week, so whatever questions they answer correctly beyond what they need gets translated into Mormon Money (a money reward system we use in class).
What's nice for me is that I can see, from their responses, who was listening and who wasn't. Or even better, whether what I've taught was clear or unclear. If I was unclear, then I know that I need to work harder as a teacher to articulate my thoughts and teach differently. If I was clear, then I know how to continue. Sometimes students answer the questions with simple answers, and others have been known to write paragraphs. It's completely up to them.
For those students who attend seminary on time, they can simply delete the e-mail when they receive it, or answer the questions to earn Mormon Money.
You can see that this takes some time to maintain and be consistent. I haven't had a problem with maintenance, so far. What I enjoy the most are reading the responses. There are times when I can "see in their heart" with their honest answers. I have found class comedians, poets, book-writers, and students with wild imaginations in reading these responses. Some of their "talents" would never have been discovered had I not given them the chance to express themselves in this way. So....................this is what works for me.
Here are my questions from today's lesson in 2 Nephi 28:
1. In 2 Nephi 28:4-9, there are several false teachings Nephi mentions would be present in the last days. Name two.
2. How could being aware of these false teachings be helpful to us? How do we know they're false?
3. In the short movie we watched today, President Boyd K. Packer compared the dangers of Satan to us, with the dangers of a crocodile to other animals in the wild. How were the other animals fooled (especially the young) to get close enough to the crocodile? ...And give me an example of how that could be us?