I did a really bad job keeping my students organized this year. Most of them recycled all of their papers (including notes) and lost every test/quiz. I started by making sure that every kid had a binder and we labeled the dividers, but eventually they just stopped bringing it. We are not allowed to enter grades for binder checks at my school. Next year, I am definitely keeping all student materials IN the classroom so they won’t have to worry about bringing them. I’m trying to decide between the following organizational systems and I would love your thoughts! Binders with sections notes, classwork, and tests. I was thinking of having the kids recycle their classwork at the end of a unit but keep their notes and tests. I would keep all binders IN the classroom. My concern is that binders are bulky and it’s hard to store. Notebooks for notes and a folder for classwork. I would have students glue notes into their notebooks. I figure the gluing will be annoying but at least they will keep their notes all year and I can have students recycle everything in the folder at the end of a unit. Again, I would keep notebooks and folders in class. I would have a separate file folder for student tests that stays in the room. I was thinking that I would maybe return tests in the folders? but that would also mean that I have to file 90 tests before I return them. Does anyone have any thoughts?