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Here is another one of my classroom management tools I created that I would like to share with you! It is my binder table of contents. This zip folder download contains 2 files. One of them I used with my middle school students and the other I used with my elementary students. Below is a description of how I used my binder system in my classroom. Believe me, it worked and I am glad it did! My students (most of them) knew where their assignments were at all times!
Each of my assignments have 'Assignment Number' printed in the top right-hand corner (always in the same spot). I required my students to always put their first name, last name, date, and group/homeroom on their paper as soon as they got it. Then I would give them the assignment number, which was always the next available number on the table of contents. For example, if this was the first assignment of the quarter then they would write assignment number 1. Each of my assignments are also titled so the students would write the corresponding title on the table of contents. At the end of the class, or when we were done with the assignment, the worksheet would go into their binder where it belonged. The students pick up on the process very fast and when it is time to study for a test I have them take all of the assignments numbered 2-10 (for example) out of their binder, staple it to the study guide, and they are ready to study. Sometimes I would collect my middle schoolers' binders and check them for accuracy to make sure they were following directions...an easy set of points for them. Usually they were right on track and ready for the next test! It turned out to be a great way to hand over the responsibility to the students! Try it out and let me know if it works for you, too!