Getting Things in Order (Keeping Track of Student Papers)

May 17, 2014

Getting Things in Order (Keeping Track of Student Papers)

May 17, 2014

It’s another beautiful month of Bright Ideas!

And I’m sharing a little system that helps me get things in order every day. Namely paperwork. Because we all know how quickly paperwork can get out of order, don’t we? 
Especially those quick-to-accumulate student papers!
I know there are so many wonderful ways to organize student papers out there, but here are the steps that really help me keep track of everything from my students:
1. Number and Highlight
My students record their class number in the top, right-hand corner of each assignment. They also highlight this number (to make it more visible):
2. Order the Papers
A student collects all of the papers and organizes them in number order. This is done during a transition to a new subject and a friend at their table usually helps them get set up while they sort. They beg me to do this.  🙂

3. Pass Paperwork into Color-Coded Bins

The student who has sorted the papers in order drops them into the color-coded bin, for the particular subject we have just covered:

(you can read more about our color system here: Color-Coding the Classroom)
4. Check and Grade

When I’m ready to check and grade the papers, I pull them from the bin. I look for any missing papers (which is really easy to see, since they are in order!).

After correcting, I enter them into my gradebook app, which has my students listed in number order–it literally takes less than a minute to enter all grades!

5. File for Home
Finally I file the papers to send home each week. I use hanging folder labeled with my students numbers. Again, since the papers are all in order, this file just takes a few moments:

And that’s it!

Simple, easy-to-manage, and quick!


I hope this was of help if you are looking to tweak your system, or perhaps if you are just starting out in your teaching career 🙂
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