I've read several posts where teachers give students an individual number to write on all their assignments/supplies to help with the organization. My question is.. When students turn in their assignments, considering that they're sitting in small groups, not necessarily in numerical order, does the teacher assign a student to put the papers in order, or do they usually do that on their own, once class is dismissed. I just can't seem to figure out how to make it efficient to where I can just grab a stack of papers and input grades in order... :help:

Both I usually put the papers in order myself (it doesn't take long at all), but sometimes I let my teacher's helpers do it.

Depending on the grade. I had 5th graders who were able to do this very quickly, but my 2nd graders would dawdle so I just do it.

I had folders for each subject (standing in a crate), and my students turned their papers in in number order (their numbers were written on every paper). It took some practice for them, but once they got used to it, it saved me a lot of time. I taught 5th grade, if that helps any. I plan on trying this with 4th graders next year.

There are several ways to do this, depending on your personal preference and the age/number of your students. You can take the papers up in number order- call out numbers and students bring you their papers- or have them take all their papers with them as they line up in number order to go to specialist or lunch or whatever and collect them then. You can just quickly put the papers in order yourself before (or after) grading. You can have the students make sure the papers are in number order as they are turning them in. You can assign a student the job of putting the papers in number order after all papers have been turned in for each assignment- you could also paper clip all the like papers together and have a student or students put them in order at the end of class or at another opportune time during the day. Also, you don't really HAVE to put them in number order. You can just enter them in the right spot in your grade book. In the past I have just put them in order either before or after grading them myself- I teach second grade, so I envision kids standing at the paper tray taking forever to find the right spot for their paper...but I might either take them all up in order this year or assign the job to a couple responsible children at the end of the day.

I have a chart (there's a picture of it in #6 here: http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=148475) that has 27 pockets. They have numbers on them and they turn their papers in there. That way all I have to do it stand there and take them out in order. Makes like easier! Also, if they forget to put their name, I know exactly who the paper belongs to.

I would have my students keep their tests, just have a cover sheet over it. When everyone was done, I would call their numbers and they would bring it up to me in order. They got to where they didn't even wait for their number. If I called 10, 11-14 would also just get up and stand in line.

I do something I call "Round Robin". I have four tables. Each table has a "Captain." Each student turns in his/her assignment to his/her captain. Once the captain has all the papers, he/she puts them in numbered order (yes, there are gaps, as I don't sit the kids by their number)... by 4th grade, they know that 3 is less than 7, so it should go on top, for example. When all tables are done, they know to "Round Robin". Table 1's captain hands his stack of papers to Table 2's captain. She then merges the stacks (making sure they stay in numbered order). She then hands this larger stack to Table 3's captain, who does the same thing. Table 3's captain hands the large stack to Table 4's captain who then merges her smaller stack into the larger stack (again, keeping numbered order). By the time Table 4's captain turns in the papers, they're in numbered order. It takes some training at the beginning of the year and they're slow at it. I'm patient with them and them with me. By mid- to late-September, they're pros.

I have a student collect them. He/She stands at the front of the room and calls them in # order. The quickly learn to just cue in and so as #3 is walking up, #4 is following and #5 is getting up from the seat. If it's an assignment that they aren't all finishing at the same time I have a student put them in order If I'm doing it I find it quickest to start by sorting them into 4 piles 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 and 16-20. Then I can quickly shuffle them all into order.

Here's a question: I have never used the strategy of giving the children numbers. Why do you do it this way...for privacy, ease of grading, or some other reason?

I do it for several reasons. First I don't have to relabel things from year to year or when kids move in and out. It also makes things go faster when I am checking papers. On my behavior plan it also gives some privacy.

I, too, give students numbers for several reasons: First of all, we number the children to help maintain their privacy. Numbers can be used on behavior charts that are visible to visitors in the room without them knowing which child is "in trouble." Numbers are used in the teacher's grade book so that no one but the teacher can identify which grades belong to which student. Cubbies are marked with student numbers so those outside our classroom can't identify whose belongings are whose. Secondly, numbers are used to help with organization of the classroom, making for a smoother day. For example, students put their number at the top of their paper along with their name. The teacher can quickly glance through the stack of turned in papers and determine who hasn't turned one in- instead of asking the whole class, she can then go quietly to individuals and offer help. Thirdly, using numbers simplifies the teacher's job and costs less money. A teacher can reuse bathroom sticks and lunch count cards with numbers, but not with names. Finally, a child's number will occasionally be used to practice Math concepts. Often the teacher will say, "Evens line up." Sometimes we will play games in which the students must put themselves in number order or the teacher chooses a couple students and they must quickly add the totals (or subtract the differences) of their numbers.

Oh my goodness...lots of great ideas, but I have to agree that pocket charts are the way to go. I have #1-27 pockets where they turn in their work. It is so easy and quick. I can visually see who has not turned in their work, and it's so much easier to have them in order when grading.