Seriously, I cannot tell you how much this one idea has simplified my life. The past two weeks, our school has been hit by a nasty cold bug AND strep throat. I’ve have so many absent students! But, with my hanging wall organizer for absent work I have been taken COMPLETELY out of the mix.
I bought one for each subject I teach (6th and 7th grade), then I labeled each pocket for one day of the week. The remaining bottom two pockets are make-up quizzes and returned papers for absent students.
I don’t to shuffle through my files (or my desk if I haven’t yet filed it) to find their work! They don’t even ask me, they just go and get it! Also, this way students can make-up quizzes during work times when other teachers are covering because they always know where their blank quiz is. AND, if I hand back graded papers when a student is absent, I just fold it over (so the grade doesn’t show) and put their name on the back of the paper, then put it in the holder. They can get it when they come back to school. If they are excited about their grade, they can even come in early morning and get it without having to ask me. This has so greatly simplified my life. I need more great ideas like this! Thanks so much Megan! 🙂
Update: The letters are from Target. They are a pack of giant post-it letters for about $3. To label the pockets, I used the Martha Stewart fabric labels that I got at Staples.