I teach first grade and packing up this year has been a nightmare! Some kids take forever, some kids whiz through it, and generally, I feel like it's total chaos! Our school uses student planners, and even the first graders have to use them. Needless to say, it takes forever at the beginning of the year to write down homework (which is never that much - their weekly homework packet plus a math page). Do you have any suggestions to make pack-up smoother? I've tried doing "Pocket Pals" (kids whose names I draw randomly and if they pack up quietly, they receive a sticker), timing the kids to beat a previous time, packing up earlier in the day and having a brief "free time" that students can go to if they get ready quietly and not take their sweet time (like 5-8 minutes), etc. I need a better plan for next year and maybe even to try in the coming few weeks. Any suggestions?