Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tricks of the Trade and my Morning Must-Haves

Happy Thursday! It is almost summer break...I can feel the excitement in the air! I'm linking up with Becky at Compassionate Teacher and Jessica at Joy in the Journey for the Tricks of the Trade Thursday.

My system for collecting and returning homework is a simple system. I've used it since I became a teacher. In the morning when students turn in homework they place it into the appropriate slot. In the font of my room, right by the pencil sharpeners are black mail slots. These are plastic and you can find them anywhere.

I used nameplates to label each subject area. When students complete any assignment-in class or homework they place it into the slot. Then all I need to do is grab the papers from each slot to grade them.

Once they are graded I "mail" the students work back to them in their mailbox. They are labeled with each child's name. The students check their box each night and put all papers into their take-home folder. Since they are fourth graders I check to make sure each box is emptied at night-but I tell them and their parents that they need to be responsible to empty their folder each day-both at home and at school. For many of them it is the beginning of building independance in their work.

What do you do to collect and return homework to your students?

I'm also linking up with Across the Hall in 2nd to share some of my favorite things-morning must haves.
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I am a morning thinker...I tend to get my best planning done and have the most creative ideas in the morning. In order to do this I need this:

Coffee makes everything okay! It gets my thinking going and keeps me going for hours!
I also need a banana. I have one each day, it is a habit I got into when I was in high school. I used to get leg cramps when I played soccer and eating a banana each day helped keep it away (I now know it is the potassium!) Anyway it is just my go-to for breakfast. 

What are your morning must-haves?


  1. Thanks so much for linking up! I definitely need coffee in the morning too!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  2. Hi Bethany!

    I love the idea of having students sort work by subject as they turn it in. That would make it much easier for me to grade and organize the piles.

    Thanks for linking up and sharing your ideas.

    Compassionate Teacher

  3. Coffee...yes.

    I really like that multiple homework turn-in bin. I need to make something like that but have it specific for each kid (since we don't do a ton of homework). More organization--yes.

    1. I'm not a big homework giver either. Students have two spelling assignments for the week and a little math a few nights a week. Most of the bins are used to collect (or hold for the next day) daily work and projects. I hate having to sort papers before I can grade them.

  4. Hi Bwthany!
    Thanks for linking up - I *LOVE* the idea of turning in work by subject. Genius! I am definitely "stealing" that idea for next year.
    You Rock! :)

    Joy in the Journey

    1. I hate having to sort papers-so it makes it so much easier for me to have the kids sort it when they turn it in.

  5. A form of coffee is on my list of morning must-haves, too! :-)

    Teaching Little Miracles

  6. Thank for sharing! I'm still working on organizing...