Organizing Student Work for Grading and Assessing {Paper Organization in the Classroom}

This post is part of my 20 day "Organizing and Managing Paper in the Classroom" Series.  Today I am going to share tips and ideas for storing and organizing the work students have completed and you need to grade and assess.

One of the most important things a teacher needs to do in order to stay on top of papers in the classroom is to have a consistent procedure for students to turn in their completed assignments. 

In my classroom I have a container for each subject area and that is where the students are expected to place their work. I ask that in addition to their name they write their number in the top right hand corner. 

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or see details on creating the bins at the original blog post I wrote last summer

At designated times during the day (snack, dismissal) I have students sort the work in to piles by assignment and then arrange them in numerical order using the number in the corner and clip them together with a number sheet on top. By doing so I am able to quickly see who has not turned in an assignment. 

I use the cover sheet to track the assignments and if it is being graded I will record the grades directly onto these sheets. Because I log grades in once a week, this lets me return the graded work quicker and makes it easy for me to record grades when I do sit down to do that.

You may find that your district requires you to hold on to certain assessments. It is helpful to set up a box, file drawer or plastic tub in advance for this purpose.  I have a box designated for this purpose. At the end of each marking period I staple together any assignments that serve as support for a student’s grade and house them in this same box. Typically I don’t need to revisit these documents, but they are handy to have if a parent questions a report card grade or I decide to bring a child up for testing.

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