For the past SIX years, I've always had ONE turn-in basket. It probably looks like a lot like what some of you might have. You know...a deep wire basket. Then, at the end of the day, or when I thought about, I would empty the basket, sort, clip, and file. You can read about my way to combat that issue here.
Since I've decided to turn a new leaf, so to speak, in the grading organization arena, I thought the turn-in process should change too.
Here's what I came up with.
I found these paper trays at the Target One Spot. They fit an 8.5x11" piece of paper EXACTLY. It makes me a little nervous that it might get a little sloppy with homework packets, but I'm just going to roll with it.
I purchased 5 yellow (one for each class), a red for late work, and a blue one for absent work. Since I have different policies for late and absent work I figured it would be best to keep them separate. Despite how cute they were, I thought the inside patterns were a little childish. That was tackled easily.
I had this contact paper at home that I've already used on a few things in my classroom. I cut pieces to cover the inside of the tray and fit them into the sides and bottom.
I haven't made it to school yet to set them out on my window sill or had time to make labels, but I wanted to share so that if you were in the neighborhood with a Target, you could get your trays before they are all gone!
Finished turn-in trays
And just because I think it's too cute not to share...here's Mack. Our very energetic 3-year-old fur baby. He's licking his lips after being introduced to 12 baby chickens and guineas. Little does he know they're not meant for him.