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I LOVE these privacy folders! Reduce distractions and provide helpful information at the same time. Provide folders and have students add information throughout the year.

Use a cover slip when collecting assignments. Grade the assignment, record the grade on the cover slip, then pass the papers back to students. No alphabetizing papers for the grade book.--I also like that I would be able to see at a glance who didn't turn work in...

Fluttering Through First Grade: Bathroom policy - students make a tally in the box with their number every time they go to the bathroom. This way you don't have to deny anyone who actually needs to go, but you have a record for both the student and their parents if someone is going too often.

Mini Offices for Kids - has info that they can use right at eye level, and made out of file folders and printables.

Make a "Mini office" for your student by putting information they need on file folders taped together. Compact way to have info at their fingertips.

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Student Birthdays

When you say "fist to five check" students rate their understanding by holding up the appropriate number of fingers. The goal is for everyone to be in the green. Great way for students to self-assess their understanding and help you to gauge student understanding.

New Student Bags - Make some up at the beginning of the year and then as new students come in during the year you'll have everything they need in one packet.

KETCHUP folder: When students are absent, place a "ketchup folder" on their desk and slide their missed assignments inside the folder throughout the day.

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File Folder Game Organization

Use a dish rack to organize your files, or file folder games. Such a great idea!

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A "Poetry Tower" (This would be good for any kind of student work display.)

Ask Me tag--one student serves as the "Ask Me" person while the teacher is working with a small group. All students will go to this person instead of interrupting the teacher, which wastes precious small group instruction time.


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Making words folder

Reminder posters on what to do when students are done with task, so they stay busy and do not disrupt class if they finish early. Great for younger grades that need reminders.

Absent Bin…an easy way to make students responsible for getting make-up work. Great idea! Any extra copies go to the “extra copies” bin by the door. This might make for a more independent classroom though!