Sunday, February 2, 2014

Managing Your Turn-In Tray Using Clothespins

Today I am joining a ton, and I mean a TON, of other bloggers for a fun blog hop!  No products, just lots of BRIGHT IDEAS that you can put to use right away!


Do you ever feel like you are constantly checking to see who has turned in work, who is still missing work, or who the no-name paper belongs to?  As a teacher, I think we all find ourselves dealing with the Turn-In Tray Mess!  I came up with an easy solution that saves me time and best of all, it's cheap and easy!

At the beginning of the year, I give each student a number.  It is their number to remember all year long.  It's their cubbie number, desk number, clip chart number, and best of all....their turn-in tray number!  For the turn-in tray, I put their numbers on clothespins.  Let me say, yes, I could have used Washi tape or dye or paint or cute little numbers for the clothespins, but I was going for FAST and EASY, my friends!  This is what my turn-in tray looks like before student work is turned in:


When the students go to turn in their work, they have to find their clothespin, clip it to the top of their paper, and place it in the tray.  This is what it looks like after work has been turned in:


This serves two purposes.  1) If you find a no-name paper, you can quickly figure out who the paper belongs to because their student number is attached and 2) You can easily see who hasn't turned in their paper!  Check it out below:


If you love this idea, please pick your favorite picture to PIN and spread the Bright Idea!  :)

Since this is a blog hop, you're not done yet!  There are over 130 bloggers with bright ideas posted and you can hop all the way through.  Next up on the hop is Nicole from Teaching With Style where you can learn about Singapore Mental Math Strategies.  Head on over to her blog to check out her Bright Idea!


Or if you don't want to follow in sequential order, you can always check out all of the Bright Ideas in one place by checking out the buttons below.  This way you can pick and choose what you want to read about!  Have fun!  :)



26 comments:

Anna DiGilio said...

Love this idea Jamie! Thanks so much for the great idea!!!

Hugs
Anna

Pspetralia said...

What a fantastic idea!! Thanks for sharing. Even more...I LOVE this idea hop!! Great way for teachers to share.
Pam
Mrspspecialties.blogspot.com

oh' boy said...

I am LOVIN this IDEA... you are only my 3rd stop and I have found 3 GREAT IDEAS... I am going to use this idea starting TOMORROW!!!! thanks so much!!!

Growing Firsties said...

Love this idea!!!! I updated my post to introduce it more specifically. You da bomb, girl!
Smiles - Lisa

Linda said...

I love this, Jamie! What a time saver and such a great way to keep my kiddos accountable! (Your room is SUPER cute, too :0) !
Linda
AroundtheKampfire

Natalie said...

Awesome idea! I know I've got some clothespins laying around!

Natalie
Teachery Tidbits

Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd said...

LOVEEEE this idea!! totally setting this up next week! I might scream if I have to ask jimmy and timmy one more time "did you turn in your writing?!?". Now, I'll know!! <3 I'm such a big fan of your products, so I'm definitely not surprised with home much I love this idea! THANK YOU!

Ashley
Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

Mandy Pippin said...

Awesome idea! I will be using this beginning tomorrow! :)
I have to ask... where did you get those adorable "turn-in trays" from? Love!

Gladys said...

I am totally setting this up tomorrow...LOVE it! :)

Nicole Rios said...

I am totally in love with this idea! It is brilliant. This will make holding students accountable for their classwork, SO much easier. Thanks so much.

Nicole
Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade

Laura said...

I'm a big fan of clothespins, and this is another great idea to use with them! Love it, Jamie!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
XO
Laura
Peace, Love, and First Grade

Lesson Plan Diva-Teaching Resources said...

I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing!

The Colorful Apple said...

Love this idea! Such a quick way to check if students have turned in their work!

Sara :)
The Colorful Apple

Amna said...

So great! quick question...what if students need to hand in multiple things..especially for one subject area?

Traci - Dragonflies in First said...

BEYOND love this! Such an awesome idea. <3

John said...

This is the easy way to recognize the students work....
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The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher said...

What a great idea! I will be implementing this for homework turn-in next week! :)

Lacey
The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher

Corinna said...

What a great idea, or should I say Bright Idea! Mahalo for the tip. I will be doing this immediately!!

Aloha,
Corinna

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Shelley Gray said...

Love this idea, Jamie! So simple, but so effective! Sharing on my FB page as we speak :)

Shelley
Teaching In the Early Years

Sean Connolly said...

Thank you! Definitely will be starting this tomorrow!

Matt Eichel said...

This will save me at least 5-10 minutes every morning! Thank you!

Mikki Cee said...

Hey Jamie, I love this idea. I also love the vocabulary sheet these are attached to... :)
Where do they come from??

Mikki Cee said...

NM found it --!!

Common Core Standards Reading Graphic Organizers

(in case anyone else was wondering) :D

Heather L said...

Wish I had done this when I taught second! Awesome way to make sure they are all turning their work in.

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