Students at my school are required to keep their math notebooks in class, and must retrieve them when they enter the room in order to do their warm-up. This has been a nightmare that just takes FOREVER. Subsequently, my warm-up time is running at around 15 minutes which is totally unacceptable. I can't get enough teaching done during my 52 minute periods because of this. As of now, I have the last student in each row grab the stack for their row, and pass them down. That is what one of the other teachers does, but I HATE it. Kids are hitting each other on the head as they pass them down (mostly by accident ), they fall on the floor, kids take forever to look through the pile as it makes it's way down the row and it causes a HUGE ruckus. This obviously sets the wrong tone for beginning the period that is very difficult for me to fight despite my best positive discipline efforts. Time also tends to get added because I have had to walk the students back out into the hall to practice entering the room and getting to work quietly. What are some of your procedures for getting 6th graders to get their notebooks/journals quickly? I have to be at my door during the entire passing period so I can't pass them out before they walk in. One teacher takes them out of a bin right before the last class ends and spreads them out on her side table, but this is not an option for me for several reasons. I am looking for something more efficient, less conducive to misbehavior, and something the kids can do for themselves. I will also add that I have up to 47 kids in some of my classes and a very small room so kids standing around a shelf as they enter just becomes a bottleneck mess. ( I tried that the first week...YIKES ) Thanks everyone!!