Classroom Management Tips For Teachers!

Compiled Tips

For anecdotal records when I taught Kinders (but it would
work with anyone I guess) I divided the inside of a file
folder into squares the size of small post it notes. I had
a square for each student with their name in it. Then
whenever I noticed something I wanted to remember for
reporting, I wrote it on a small post-it and stuck it on
their square. I could easily see who I was lacking notes
for, and it helped me make
sure I observed everyone and had notes
on everyone. adapted from a workshop, but I can't remember who or where!

Happy notes: I keep a stack of small photocopied "from your
teacher" type notes on my desk. I try to send home one
each day (to one student, not everyone!) and sometimes a
few at a time...just little notes like "I noticed Billy
concentrating on his work today!" or "Sarah lent a pencil
to friend who needed it today" things that they might need
encouragement with. Having the notes ready, you can just
grab one and jot a message with the date. They love
getting them.

Posted by Heidi

Like many other teachers, after years of teaching I have
learned the benefits of numbering my students and giving them
a PIN number to use on all work. This works for all
textbooks, card chart, assignments, math manipulatives,
calculators, and many other things. It has really helped me
be more organized.

Another probably obvious to others who are more organized
than I is to keep a "end of year" and "beginning of year"
list of things to do. I also keep these files with other
things I use at beginning and end of year.

Posted by frances2

*Simple, but...I always type a class list in Excel and run
lots of copies so that I can use them to check off everything.
And I mean everything--I've even stopped using a gradebook.
And I save it in Excel so that it can be easily changed if a
student moves.

*I have ONE Student of the Day for all jobs. If she needs
help, she chooses helpers. Each morning, yesterday's Student
of the Day chooses one for that day.

*Desks are grouped for four students. We have a weekly table
captain for passing out papers, etc.

Posted by judy3ca

The main thing that I'm proud of is the way I get papers back
to the students. It's pretty basic. I have a file folder box
and every child’s name is tabbed. When we pick up work to be
graded, I grade it then put the papers in the very front of the
folder in front of the files. I have a File Clerk who files the
papers as needed. Friday, my File Clerk and his/her Assistant
check each child's papers to make sure there aren't anyone
elses papers in their stack. They staple them together and pass
them out.
The students have two folders in their desk that stay there all
the time. They all have a blue pocket folder that they place
all practice work in that we have checked that I don't want to
grade and busy sheets, like crossword puzzles, etc. I hate
having tons of papers to file and I like to keep the graded
work from above separated from work that's not graded. So I let
them take these papers home on a different day. The green
folder is used to place work in that we haven't had a chance to
grade, work that is unfinished, and makeup work for absent
students. I really don't like it when a student's work is in
the floor or shoved somewhere within the black hole known as a
desk. This keeps them responsible for their not losing their
work. It's been a winner

Posted by heatherb

*I post a parent volunteer sign-up sheet on Back to School night.
*I make sure I go to at least one conference a year---even if I have to
pay for it myself.
*I keep a purchase wish list just in case money is found that needs to be
spent in a hurry.
*I make a basic lesson plan form on my computer with times, subjects,
special classes for RSP, etc. already filled in so each week I just need
to fill in the details.
*I collect papers when I take roll call, so they are already in
alphabetical order. (Students come up to the front of the class as their
names are called and place in the pile/s. It takes a little training, but
is well worth it.)

Posted by Barbara D. Martin

I have an office tray (the kind that stack) labeled for each
child. After I finish grading a set of papers, I file each
child's paper in his/her tray. At the end of the week, each
student's papers are already sorted...all I have to do is put
them in the envelope to go home.

My calendar is the type with cute little pictures on the number
cards to go with the month. After trying Velcro and other
methods, I discovered an easier method of attaching the number
cards to the calendar. Using a razor blade, I cut a small slit
at the top of each square where the # card goes. Then I inserted
a paper clip, so that part of it is showing. Now all I have to
do is slide the number card under the paper clip...very easy to
change the months now!

Posted by dixie


One of the things I use for anecdotal records is this:
I have a legal sized clip board and on the board are large
index cards that have each student's name on the bottom of
the card. I use masking tape to tape them to the board in a
stair step fashion, so I can flip them up to write on them.
I absolutely LOVE it because when I'm doing reading groups, I
can make notes while the students are writing and they can't
see what I'm writing because my hand is hidden under the
previous cards. When I fill up a card I simply pull it off,
put on a new one and file the completed one in my "private"
files for each kid. I really like it because I can show
growth over several days and have used it to show parents
what we are working on and what I've noticed happening

Posted by Sara/3rd/CA

Before I leave each night I quickly fill out a sheet of
paper that has my daily times on it for subjects, specials,
lunch,etc. I write what I am going to do for each subject
the next day - briefly, but enough if I am unable to come
in. I also have the next day's work out on a front table
with an index card labeled for subject and times on top of
the work. This way a sub can continue with what I am
doing. However; I do have an emergency substitute folder
prepared and it is kept near my desk in a neon orange folder.

It just make sit easier for me on my days and in case I
am unable to come in. I live a distance from where I teach
and this has helped me immensely.

Posted by Susan

allow students to check out my books. I use the library pockets on
a poster board, too. When a child wants to check out one of my books,
they bring me the book and their card from the pocket. If they have
one to return they bring it at the same time so that I can mark it
off. I just use 3x5 cards and write small. (We do a 100 Books by 100
Days and often it's hard to find really easy books at the first of
the year so I encourage students to borrow mine.) I give them each a
gallon sized Ziploc to take books home in

also have one helper for the day. Anything that needs to be done
is done by that person. That person also gets to choose a partner to
read with in the $5 chairs I got at Wal-mart. Woo-hoo!

Tina in OK

I've purchased a lot of teacher resource books through the years as
well as magazines. What I've finally figured out this year after
after more than 20 years in the field is when I find an idea I want may
to use or, in fact, DO use, I make a zerox copy of it and file it. I
also may make a couple of copies of one idea for cross reference
filing. I have far too many books and magazines to thumb through when
and this is a real time saver.
Also, I purchase The MailBox hard cover yearbook each year instead of
purchasing the magazine because it has an index! (Can you tell
organization is a challenge for me?!) A colleague told me the yearbook
doesn't contain everything published that year in the magazine, but it
works for me!


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