In my 20 years of teaching, I've tried a number of methods for collecting students' homework, but this little pocket chart changed my life. ;)
This is how it worked:
Students were assigned a specific pocket in alphabetical order. In the morning as my first graders would arrive to class, they would empty out their folder and put their homework sheet in their pocket.
The chart was located in a spot where we gathered for our morning meeting. As a student gave the morning calendar report, it was easy for me to glance at the pocket chart for missing homework.
I kept a class checklist in one of the extra pockets, and I simply pulled it out and marked an X for missing homework or an A for an absent student. It took me a matter of seconds.
The Student-of-the-Day would take the papers out of the pockets (still in alphabetical order) and place them on my desk. It made correcting the papers and returning them to the students' mailboxes so much easier.
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