I’ve written about the process of how I organize student papers before, you can read it in this post. Today I am just reiterating how I organize student papers and giving you a video and podcast (Simply Teach #19) to listen to about it! You are welcome 🙂
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If you have been following me for any length of time, you have probably heard me say that everything needs a home! Yes, yes it does! Including papers. By giving every “type” of a paper a home, you can create routines and procedures thus adding to the organization of your classroom.
How to Organize Student Papers
I am not going to rewrite the step by step routine of what my students do with their papers because you can head to this blog post to read the steps. But I am going to share with you the video I created showing you the flow of student papers.
Keep in mind, this video was filmed in my home, AFTER I left the classroom so I can’t show you where these spots are in my room. But you can still get an idea of how this worked.
Or you can listen to the podcast version
I also have created this flow chart picture of the process the papers go through.
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How to Organize Teacher Papers
I would also advise you to have routines and homes for all of “your” papers. This way you keep from the stack of papers getting piled hire on your table!
I used them to store materials for each day of the week as well as each subject of the day.
You will also want to have a spot to put papers from the office and notes from home. I liked to have files for each student and drop the note in their file to keep tabs of till the end of the year.
A “deal with later” bin is a good idea as well. That way when you get something you don’t know what to do with, you can drop it in there and deal with it later!
I also used drawers like these to keep track of papers and miscellaneous things.
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