My biggest challenge with staying organized is paperwork. Even though my students have laptops and we do much of our homework/classwork online, I still have several students whose laptops are "in the shop" or they have lost their privileges, so I must provide paper copies of the work we do. This includes copies of presentations, bell-ringers, MLA cheat sheets, etc. And students who are absent for online quizzes, tests, and journal prompts have to use the paper copy because our online program locks them out.
It gets to be overwhelming keeping it all straight.
I finally just started using my magnets (click HERE to see how I made all my classroom whiteboard magnets) on top of different stacks. But you all know what happens next: a student lifts the magnet to grab a copy and the rest of the papers fall to the floor. Some students had the foresight to set the magnet aside and hold the papers with the other hand, but—based on their furrowed brows—this was such an inconvenience.
I have stackable trays and paper organizers that I can put on my counters or a table. I've tried this method in the past and have found that I really don't like them. They take up a lot of room and don't have a prominent place for a label. I need a label that shouts to my students so loudly they don't have to ask me every. single. time.
|Clearly, I'm doing this wrong.|
|Epic label FAIL on stackable trays.|
So as I saw another stack of make-up work fall to the floor, I thought, I need a strap to hold those papers in.
My first thought was to use a magnetic curtain rod (I use one for my daily bell-ringer signs* and I love it), but they are not close enough to the papers to keep them flat.
|Love my magnetic curtain rod for my bell ringers, but knew it wouldn't work to hold make-up work handouts*.|
|It was okay until...|
|Prototype #1 FAIL!|
|Prototype #2 FAIL!|
|Finally! Third time's a charm.|
How easy is that? And cheap.
|Why did it take me three attempts to figure this out??|
*Bell ringer signs are found in my Bell Ringer Bundle. "Motivational Monday" quote signs are found in my bundle of Inspirational Quotes Classroom Posters.