State Reports: Part 3- Storage

Storage for the State Research Papers

I use folders to store all the student’s in progress work. Red or blue are good colors because you can easily see if they are put in desks or left somewhere in the classroom.  I have my students turn them in at the end of their research time in a file sorter.  With the file sorter you can quickly see that Student #3 didn’t turn in their folder in the picture above. I don’t let them go home or get stuffed in a desk.  I have the person who is assigned as the teachers assistant check at the end of the period if all of the folders are filed.

I learned quickly to keep all of the work in the classroom. During my first few years I thought students would be responsible and all of the following occurred:

  • “I can’t find my folder!”- This causes more frustration the next day when they can’t find it, and you have to tear apart a desk while the rest of the class needs you.
  • “I took it home by accident.”  and it never returns. – This ends up being your time punishment because that is 20 more minutes you end up printing and making custom copies for one student.
  • “I took it home and couldn’t stop.”-  Now this student is done with everything and then have nothing to do but bother their friends and ask for free time on the computer. 
  • “I took it home and my parents helped me.”- We want the students to learn how to research and finish a big project. I had a student that her parents did her board and it looked so superior to the others that this caused tensions among the other parents on State Day. 

To prevent any of the above situations it is much easier to collect and store the work on any large project.

Coming Up Next: State Reports Part 4 Assigning States


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