It Works for Me and a Freebie!

Organization is not my strong point.  But, I am much more organized at school than I am at home.  A few years ago I discovered something that helps me stay organized when it comes to students handing in assignments.
It doesn't look like much, but it works for me.  It is a pocket chart.  Each kiddo has their own pocket with their number on it.  When they come into class in the morning, they put their homework in their pocket.  Then, I can easily see who didn't bring in their homwork.  Their number goes above on the board.  Then, I take the papers out in order.  Then, if a kiddo forgot his/her name, they are in number order so I know who belongs to each paper.  I have the kiddos turn in all classwork here too, so I can see at a glance who is missing assignments.
I got a little more creative with "Notes to the Teacher".  This little area is right next to the blue pockets.  Kiddos put notes for me, money etc.. in the little pink basket.  This spot also holds tissues, hand sanitzier and bandaids. 
How do you keep your kiddos paperwork organized?  Post wouldn't be complete without a little freebie though would it?

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  1. I found your blog on the Teaching Up Linky Party! The pocket chart is a great idea:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  2. Love how you can collect their HW in number order! So smart! Thanks for linking up :)

  3. Thank you both! This linky party thing is great! I have learned so many great teacher tips!

  4. Thank you for the fun freebie. I love how you collect their homework in number order. Great idea!
    The Hive

  5. Such a great idea. I love how you can see it right away. The first and second grade teacher at my school uses mail boxes. I can still collect homework in number order but I can't see at a glance who has it done. I love your idea for that. I love your site, I am your newest follower.

  6. Great idea! I linked up and found you through the party. I'm your newest follower and so glad I found you.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  7. That's great!! I love organization tips! I'm your newest follower.

    :) Jayme
    Trendy in Third

  8. Very neat! Love the idea! I will be looking for a pocket chart...I could always use more organization in my life!

    Live Learn Teach for Life

  9. Great idea! I have used a similar idea before. I had a white board next to the basket where assignments were turned in with each students' numbers. Students would erase their number under the assignment name once they turned it in. However sometimes students would forget to erase their number. I like your idea because it is a quick visual of those that have not finished their work. Where did you get that pocket chart?
    Liz M.

    1. Liz, Thanks! It works really well for me! I believe I got the chart from I just searched pocket charts.


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