Last week I talked about how to limit what papers you take in and how to manage your “In” baskets. This week let’s take a look at some other places you may store your papers.
“To Go” Tray. This is my favorite organizing tool. I have one tray behind my desk to put anything that needs to leave the room.
Things to copy, bring to the office, return to a colleague all end up here. Papers or objects go in this one spot. I always glance at it when I leave the room to see if there is something I can take care of on my way somewhere else. By having one spot I never have to look for missing assignment to copy or books to return to another teacher.
Reference Tray. These are papers you use on a daily or weekly basis.
Homework check-off sheets, attendance logs, pending student book orders are examples of things stored here.
Weekly Lessons. Student worksheets, lesson plans, and other materials for that week’s lessons are kept here. There are many ways to organize them. I go by each subject for the week.
Others may sort papers by the day they will be used.
Upper grade teachers could sort them by periods.Upright or stacked paper trays are also handy.
All other papers should have a more permanent home and be filed away somewhere else. These systems are only to be used for papers you are currently using.
Next week we will talk about your long-term filing system.
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