The number one question I get from teachers is “how do I organize student papers?” It’s a common question because there are so many papers to deal with! Not only do you need to organize student papers, but you also have all of your papers to deal with.
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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.
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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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. And a resource to help you create paper routines within your own classroom!
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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 my lesson plan 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 a file 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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