It is downright scary how much paper is used in a third grade classroom. I do my best to avoid unnecessary photocopying, but darn, those third graders do a lot of work! And if you’re not careful, it piles up fast.
I don’t deserve any credit for the slick paperwork management system I’m about to share. I just assembled pieces of it from colleagues wiser than me, and it has worked seamlessly in my room.
Here are its organization goals:
- Capture finished (often corrected) student work.
- Send the work home for parents to see.
- Get the best, most important work back so we can keep it for end-of-the-year portfolios.
- Store the portfolio work without requiring Mrs. Fox to do a whole lot of ANY filing. (I hate filing!)
And its learning goal: help third graders pause and reflect on each week, taking the time to appreciate successes and challenges, set a goal for the following week, and share their learning with their families. Continue reading