Managing Student's Work in Progress {Classroom Design Photos, Set Up Pictures & Ideas, Organization & Management}

I often mention how the little details are the ones that typically add the most impact when setting up and decorating your classroom. As I made over my classroom for the new school year I kept this in mind and looked for even more little details that I could add.

Because I use tables instead of desks I needed a way to manage students "work in progress." By that I mean the assignments that they have started, but not yet completed. Initially I used different color folders for different subjects, but didn't like that system for a couple reasons. Many students developmentally could not keep track of their work and their folders and it wasn't convenient for me to keep on top of who was done and who was not. 
For that reason I came up with a system using a wooden literature sorter (one of the best classroom investments you can me by the way) that works perfectly for managing student work in progress, keeping our classroom neat, helping students feel successful and allowing me to know at a glance who is struggling to manage their time in regards to completing assignments.

I use a Must Do/May Do Board for helping the students stay focused and become independent with their work expectations. That, in conjunction with the unfinished work boxes and turn-in bins on the work shelf really make it easy to stay on top of their status.

I had already upgraded the unfinished work boxes when I did a classroom makeover two years ago by painting them black (they were a "wood color" prior to that). This year I added pops of color by simply inserting a pieced of colored/patterned card stock into each section of the sorter so that when the boxes are empty they add a little "extra something" to the space. So simple, super low cost and oh-so-easy! 

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