Can anyone share their procedures for student paperwork (passing back graded papers, school-wide notes, "work-in-progress", etc.) During my ST I was in 2nd grade and we had mailboxes for each student that were numbered (each student was assigned a number alphabetically to make passing out papers a cinch since you could organize them before passing them out and you didn't have to relabel things for students who left or the next year). Most of the paperwork was put into the mailboxes by student helpers but I handled the graded papers before or after school for the next day. Then before students left for the day they'd take their mailbox items home. Students also had a folder in their desk to keep work in progress. Here's my take: Pros: -I could see who did or did not take papers home (whether they made it out of the bookbag, I don't know) and 95% of the students took home their work on a daily basis. -We didn't have to use class time to pass back papers, get out folders, etc. -Paperwork didn't fill up their desks. I find you'll always have a few students who just can't pull out the folder, open it up and stick papers neatly inside but instead shove papers in. -Students didn't see their grades until the end of the day usually so they didn't get distracted by them. Cons: -Everyone was gathered in one area at the end of the day even when they were dismissed to go by table (some linger to look). -Students didn't learn how to keep their paperwork organized. I think by 3rd grade they should be a little more responsible for having their own filing system at their desk. -Oftentimes the first person students had a chance to discuss a graded paper with was their parent. If there's a question or something I'd like to hear it first from the student so we can try to resolve the issue. Sorry for rambling but this is something I've thought about for the past week. I've even thought about doing a mix of both methods. I have milk carton files and probably a mailbox sort of thing in my classroom not to mention enough folders to open my own Staples so supplies aren't an issue. Any thoughts?