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Managing Student Work and Notes

Found In: distributing & collecting papers, paperwork, routines & procedures

Several years ago I saw a great idea to use multiple pocket folders to manage homework and home/school notes. I checked the price of these folders, and they were $2.99 each, which didn’t fit my budget. So instead, I created the same kind of folders using cheap pocket folders that I bought as soon as they hit the before-school sales at 10 cents each.

Here are my directions:

  • I use our school binding machine to cut the slots for the cover of the folder on the fold.
  • I take a second folder, usually a different color, and turn it inside out so the pockets are on the outside.
  • Then I take the two open sides and cut them on the binding machine.
  • When I put one inside the other, the cuts line up, and I can attach the plastic binding.

Now I have a book that has four pockets. I create labels for each pocket, such as “homework to do,” “finished homework,” “notes for home” and “notes for school.” Parents know to look for their child’s student planner with homework assignments written inside the folder every night.

Additional folders can be added if more pockets are needed. These folders cost 20 cents per child, plus the time and plastic binder. They seem to last most of the year but are inexpensive enough to replace mid-year. Laminating the covers does extend their life but isn’t necessary. It makes life much easier for children and parents to see work arrive safely at home and school.


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