November 10, 2011

No Names on Papers? Problem Solved!

Are you frustrated with students who forget to turn in papers or who forget to put their names on their work? I used to get so annoyed when I took a stack of papers home to grade, only to discover that three students had not turned in their work and three more turned in a paper with no name!

But then I got smart and got organized! I devised a system where students turned in their papers by placing them into "paper drops," laminated brown envelopes with student checklists attached. At the end of the class period, I quickly pulled out the papers and checked off who had turned theirs in so I could solve the mystery of the missing papers before they went home for the day. Then the papers went right back into the envelope so I could keep them together for grading later.

The entire Paper Drop System system is described in this packet and includes the printables you need to make it work for you. You can also download a customizable checklist from the Classroom Management page on Teaching Resources. Paper problem solved!

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  1. I do something similar, but my students are in groups of 4 and this is at the high school level. I have 2 pocket folders with their group numbers on them (ex. Group 1, group 2, etc) for 8 groups. Inside on the right side of the folder is where students put their work that needs to be graded and on the other side (left side) is where I place the graded work that needs to be given back (there are labels on the pockets so they and I don't forget ;) ). This has made it easy for both me and the students to effectively and efficiently turn in/hand back their homework.

  2. This is a really awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!


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