Saturday, June 30, 2012

Grading Papers Binder

This was a popular item when I maintained  I often feel like I'm drowning in papers to grade, so I came up with a binder that allows me to keep things organized. 

 I like to buy view binders and take a trip to Michael's scrapbook paper aisle. 

 I purchased these folders at Target for a little over $1.00 each.  There are 12 in the binder.

 I keep a quick class list on the inside and write in grades as I grade work. 
I use an online gradebook, but this gives me a quick glance to see who still owes me work. 

 One assignment goes in a folder and is placed at the front of the binder. 

 I created a page with laminated cardstock that says "Graded Papers".  When I finish grading something, I move the folder from the front and place it behind this page.  When I get to school, I can just pull out any folders behind this page to hand out or file.

I keep answer keys in the back of this binder for the marking period.  There is always a need to grade something later (from an absence or late assignment).  This way, they are all in one place. 

My binder isn't fool-proof, but I like that I can take the whole binder home, or just pull an assignment if I'm in a rush.  I can also grab a folder to take to meetings if we have downtime. 


  1. What a great idea. I always have a crazy stack of papers in my bag...they get all tossed around and it never fails...I always lose one! I'm totally stealing this idea. Thanks!


  2. I love, love all your great ideas, congratulations on your new blog!!!!!

  3. I love your graded papers binder!! What a great way to stay organized. Will definitely be stealing this idea too!! Thanks!!

  4. Oh my gosh! I love this idea! I'm constantly getting papers mixed up and wrinkled when I take them home to grade! Your blog design is very cute. You have so many great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    Teaching Special Kids

  5. I love this binder idea. Ill try it out next year. I teach in PA too. are you in Philly?

    1. I am in Philly, although I live in the suburbs. Are you near Philly?