Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by heavens54, Jul 31, 2011.
Jul 31, 2011
And what do they put it in?
I have 4 different baskets in front of my desk, Reading, English/Writing, Math, Spelling. Students turn in all work to the appropriate basket when completed.
I have 4 buckets (the dishpans you can get at walmart) at the back of my classroom on the counter. Each bucket is labeled with a period. When classwork, homework, or ANYTHING that needs to get to me goes in their class period bucket. TO turn in the papers, they pass their papers to the back of the row, the last person in each row takes that stack of papers and put it in their class bucket. I love this system b/c the kids know if there is anything they need me to get or see, put it in the bucket. At the end of the day I grab everything out of the buckets. Nothing has the chance to get lost on the floor or my desk. If a child turns in something and I don't get it, the first thing I ask is if they put it in their class bucket...
This year I'm going to collect papers a little differently. I'm going to use manilla envelopes that have a class list attached to them so that a student can mark off each name as assignments are turned in. This will help me see immediately who has/hasn't turned in their work. Plus, there will be only one envelope per subject so it'll make me have to grade papers regularly because I need to have an empty envelope to collect a new assignment.
I have two file folder containers. Each child has a folder in each container.
One container is for finished work, and the other for work in progress.
When I check assignments, I check the finished work folder. I mark their papers, put them back, and then the children are responsible for putting them in their take-home folder on Friday.
For unfinished work, it's either a work in progress, like a report, that we all are working on, or in some cases, an activity they didn't finish in time. For the latter, I have a short period of time on Friday morning when they can catch up on work. Students done with everything play games, draw, etc.
I find this system works really well. I am sure to check and go through everything regularly, and they take home and get to review their work regularly.
Kids know if they don't finish something at that work time, they can go back later- however, they also know they won't have the choice time other kids have if they don't use their class time appropriately.
I am going to try using this organization station this year: http://www.littlesmarties.com/dsler2255.html. Students will turn in all papers to their slot on the chart (they will be in alphabetically order). I will be able to visually see who has and has not turned in work as well as collect the papers in abc order for ease in grading.
I really love that organizer. Unfortunately, I have hardly any wall space due to windows and doors, so I need to save it. Otherwise, that would SO be on my shopping list!
I'm giving up wall space for it. But I might buy the clothes drying rack from Walmart to hang it....
Aug 1, 2011
I have a paper stacker that is numbered. When I give an assignment, I include which paper stacker to put the completed assignment in. There is a check off list with student numbers that the students check off their number.
I have one in-box, and the students have cubbies for unfinished work (one cubby per group). I collect papers often so they don't build up on me, and grade during my preps.
I use these baskets:
I keep one on my desk, labeled "Inbox". That's where the students place finished classwork. I use the other baskets for "Homework" and "Notes/Forms".
I teach second grade and I have ONE tray- they turn everything in there. Some things we grade together, some I grade during planning, and the rest I empty into my bag to take home.
Um- not sure what this is called, but I got it at Office Depot. It's metal, one piece but with five trays or slots. There's a slot for each class period to turn in work, plus one extra slot for cover sheets for tests.
Aug 4, 2011
I like these baskets but I find them to be expensive. I was hoping to find a basket or box that was cheaper, but maybe there isn't one...
I found some similar ones at Target a few years ago. I think they had them again in the dollar section (although they were maybe $2 each?).
I got a tray similar to this blue one this year for $1.20. Mine doesn't have big holes like this, though:
I have those folders that stand up in crates. I use one for each subject, and students turn their papers in in number order (each student is assigned a number). That way I can quickly flip through the stack and see which numbers are missing. It takes a few days for them to get the hang of it, but once they do, it is such a time saver!
I have a color-coded hanging file folder for each subject and the kids place their work in the appropriate folder. In the reading file, I have numbered manila folders for different assignments. I post the numbers next to the assignments on the whiteboard so the kids know where to put their work. For unfinished work, I use 2 12-slot hanging charts similar to the larger chart Mopar posted. That way the students and I can see the work they still need to complete.
Aug 5, 2011
I shared a picture of my chart in the photos thread. It's got 27 pockets, so each child has their own pocket (I labelled it with numbers, so I haven't had to change it! lol) I also have the "Lost Paper Galaxy". When I collect papers, any that are missing are listed on the Galaxy board. That way they (and I) know exactly what's missing.