Wow, back to school time already! I can hardly believe it. Summer really flew by and my family is in the middle of moving to a new house right now (during the first week of school!!!). So instead of my usual month of obsessive pre-planning, I've been packing and living out of boxes.
Yes, it's insane, I know. I actually considered going into full panic mode today. But then I decided it would be better to to take a deep breath, pray, and focus on just one little thing at a time. Whew!
So, today my goal is to get my Friday folders ready.
Sending papers home used to be a real pain in the you-know-what. Sorting them into student mailboxes every day, getting them from the mailboxes into the students' folders on Friday afternoon, and then into backpacks seemed like a monumental task or at least a never-ending one.
But I've come up with a system that really works and is absolutely ZERO work for me. My students do it all. What was that? No work, students do it all? Tell me more!
Well, first, I got some plastic envelopes like these...
These particular ones from Amazon are a little pricey but they last all year and never fall apart. Even the little snaps kept working. In fact, they held up so well, I was able to save about half of them to reuse this year (unheard of!). See, here are some left over from last year. They still look pretty good...
Next, I get hanging files and put them in plastic crate like this...
I have one file for each student. These don't have names on them yet because I don't have my final class list.
Now, here's where the zero work for teacher comes in. I keep a paper tray next to my Friday folders where I toss all of my graded papers and things to send home. The stack just keeps growing, but I don't care because students will take care of it.
These are the two most important jobs in my classroom...
The paper filer checks the paper tray every day and files all of the papers into the hanging files. This happens whenever there's some free time, when their work is finished, or in the morning before the bell.
Then on Friday, my Friday Folders manager takes the papers out of each student's file, puts them into their envelopes, and passes them out to go home. Totally painless!
Now I don't just send these folders home and hope the parents look in them. Inside each one is a parent log sheet. Parents sign off that they looked at their child's papers and then send the folder back in on Monday.
The log sheet looks like this...
I fill in all the Friday dates for the year so I never have to think about it again.
The log just stays in the Friday folder. And since the folders are transparent, I don't even have to open them to see if it was signed.
This is the PERFECT paper management system for me and I hope it helps you too!
Get an editable version of my Friday Folder Log and the job cards shown above in the Free Resource Library!