Paper Paper Everywhere!

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  1. Elcsmith

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    How do you organize papers in your classroom?

    Parent's notes
    homework
    handouts
    and more...YUCK!
     
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  3. ancientcivteach

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    I've been reading the Cornerstone, by Angela Powell, and I found the chapter Avoiding the Paper Trap very helpful. I have set up my desk this year to have a place for everything that comes my way during the course of a normal day. Hope springs eternal!

    Here is a link to an article she wrote by the same name:
    http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/TR/paper trap.pdf

    Hope this helps, and good luck with your organization!
     
  4. teacherlissa

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    I have a binder that has all my lessons, assessment data, class roster, etc. I have the plastic pull out drawars that are labeled for each day of the week...all my handouts or materials I need for that day go in there. The bottom of my filing cabinet has hanging file folders with each student's name...parent notes, behavior notes, etc. go there.
     
  5. Mrs.Schwartz

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    I was going to say "YOU MUST READ THE CORNERSTONE BY ANGELA POWELL" but the 1st poster beat me to it. But really. Order the book, immediately. I have read the chapters about paper many times and each time it blows my mind.

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  6. scmom

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    My problem is I am really good at setting up an organized system that I think will work great but it all seems to fall apart sometime throughout the year and I start piling again. No matter how hard I try, I pile!
     
  7. kidsr#1

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    I have a basket that students put notes from home, permission slips, lunch money, anything that I need to see of a morning. I sort this while they do their morning work.

    On my desk I have a vertical file holder for papers that I use often. I have a folder marked originals for forms that I make weekly copies of.

    I have 2 letter trays on my desk that are "to file"- originals that need to go back into the filing cabinet, which I do once a week.

    I have a crate with hanging files labeled with each students names where I keep parent notes, writing samples, copies of tests, etc.

    I have a small paper sorter for nurse notes, discipline slips, etc.

    I have a small basket/paper tray where I keep extra copies of worksheets, permission slips, etc. I empty this about every 1-2 weeks.

    Students have their own mailboxes. I put mail that needs to go home in a basket for my mail person to sort. Every morning when I empty my bag, I put the graded papers in this basket.

    Students have a stack of letter trays where completed work is turned in. Each tray is labeled by subject.

    At the end of the day I mark off each student's name on a list if their assignment was in the basket. I know the following morning whose papers I need to be watching for. (Even if I haven't had a chance to grade the papers, I will ask the students for their work. If an extra day goes by, they will lose it, or forget about it.

    I have to make a continued, conscious effort to stay organized. In the long run, it saves me time and energy.
     
  8. Ilovefirst

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    Like the above poster said, I have a binder for lesson plans. I have another binder for student assessment. I have another binder with pocket dividers to record parent contact and store notes etc in. I have file folders marked (and laminated) for each day of the week. I file handouts and materials I'll need that day in those.

    Yet, somehow.... I'm in the same boat as scmom! In an article I read about organizing they suggested a rule that no pile is more than 2 inches deep. When it gets to 2 inches (or more) it's time to go through it.
     

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