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Solution to No Name Papers

December 9, 2019 1 Comment

Looking for classroom management strategies for organizing the hundreds papers that are turned in each day?  I know it can be an ordeal. If you had a dime for every minute you spent trying to figure out whose “No Name” paper belonged to, you’d be rich!

For years I have been frustrated by this chronic problem too; especially when there is more than one child forgetting. Well, I am going to share my All-Time FAVORITE classroom organization hack!

I stumbled across this simple, yet amazing idea from Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

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Classroom Management of Assignments

Here’s what you need:

  • Clothespins
  • Acrylic Paint – 2 colors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Basket for Assignment
  • Holder for Clothespins

What to Do:

  1. Apply acrylic paint to both sides of the clothes pins. Let dry completely. You can use a brush, or spray paint method.

painting clothes pins

2. Next write the student names in permanent marker.

3. To display the clips, I chose a letter holder (Target) but you could use a small bucket or basket just as well.

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How to Use:

When the children arrive, they clip their clothespin to their assignment before adding it to the assignment basket. Homework-with-clothespins1 Now here is the genius part of this idea:

Missing-Homework-clips Immediately, with a glance, I can tell who didn’t turn in their work yet!

I can’t tell you how much time and headaches this has saved me 🙂 I use to try and count the papers, but that wouldn’t tell me who’s was missing.

AND check this bonus feature out: No Name paper Solution No name? No problem! I know who this belongs to. I simply remind the child to add his / her name to his paper. Can you hear me singing the Hallelujah chorus?

Now some might ask, what do you do with all those clipped papers? After everything has been accounted for, one of my students has the job of removing the clips and placing them back on the rack for the next day.

I’d love to hear some of your fabulous time-saving tips! Please share in the comment section below.

Alison Monk

When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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  • carol September 20, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Ingenious, I don’t know why they forget to write their names.

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    My name is Alison. I'm a veteran teacher with a passion for supporting teachers like you with practical effective tips and engaging resources. I love children's literature, Golden Retrievers, and gardening. Read More

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