Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Terrific Tips for Tuesday - Organizing papers

Each grade level has a bin.  
This is where we keep our "work in progress".
 When  we are finished, these folders help me keep the papers organized until I can return them.
The instructions are right on the folder, so I can get them back in a timely manner.
Inside each bin is an inclined file organizer.  I got mine at King Dollar here in Houston!
The best Dollar store EVER!

Now all the work is neat, organized and easy to retrieve.....
but WAIT!  I can't see the class name!  OOPS!   After using these all  this fall,
I have found that I NEED to be able to see the teachers name! 

See what I mean?  I can't see the teachers names!
 Next year  - Maybe even tomorrow, I'm going to label the envelopes right  along the top edge!
These 9x12 envelopes hold about 2 assignments which helps me remember to return papers,
but you may want a large size
Always a work in progress!  - hope you find this helpful!  

In 4th and 5th grade my students have folders.  I use these folders for keeping track of recorder money and t-shirt money and permission slips and contracts and stuff and sometimes papers if we ran out of time to get out folders.  It's a great place to keep things until they can be placed in student folders.  


  1. I'm an elementary music teacher, and I am trying to find a way to organize folders similarly to this! I have hanging files for each grade level with a folder for each class, and that works pretty well. The only thing is that students can't really get to it.

    Anyway, I am about to have my 4th/5th graders have music folders. How do you organize those? I would LOVE some help thinking of a solution!

  2. Folders are both wonderful tools and challenges to manage. Some years I do better than others. I'll think on it and see if I can consolidate what my procedures are into a future post real soon. Thanks for the idea and the input.

  3. They have been selling them at Target for years. This set is about 8 years old, but I've recently purchased others. I wait things out until they go on sell, and sometimes they come in a double pack. They run for less than $7.00 a piece, and my favorite part is in the summer they fold up and don't take up a ton of space.