Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Teacher Bag

I have been participating in the Clutter Free Classroom Project

This week is organizing your teacher bag.
For all my lack of organization in my classroom, my teacher bag is quite the opposite.
Every year, I get a new teacher bag.  Why?  I don't know. 
My latest teacher bag is this beauty:
It was a gift from my sister-in-law (a fellow teacher). It just happens to be thirty-one gifts.
It has plenty of pockets, for pens and snacks.

Plus, it's POLKA DOTTED!!!  My classroom theme is polka dots, so this bag fits in perfectly!
The other awesome thing about this bag, is that it is wide enough to fit my organization tools.

I can't live without my expanding file.  All my to be graded assignments go in there.  I bought this one last year, my bag just happens to match, how nice!
Then my other expanding file for the students graded papers. 

It has 25 sections, one for each kid.  I send home graded work on Tuesdays and Thursdays in a "take home" folder.  So this works perfectly for housing them over the weekend, and their already sorted.

Here it is all packed and ready.  There are also a couple of teacher manuals and my lesson plan book in there too.

How do you organize student work that goes home?

Happy organizing!


  1. Oh - I love the polka dots and the expanding files!

    I have a number assigned to each child - they put it at the top of their papers and then one students puts them into order for me as part of the classroom jobs. They also leave me a sticky note with any numbers missing on it then paperclip it together. I grade it and then enter it into my book - its easy as its already in order. I keep everything in this order and then give it to my mailman who puts the graded papers in each students mailbox. The student then puts it in their folder to go home.


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    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  2. Love those expanding files, what a great idea. Maybe I would take the papers out and do what needed to be done if I had them organized like that. My kids (1st graders) each have their own mailbox that I pass their work back to them in. I can pass them out while they eat snack or get unpacked so it works fairly well.

  3. I think it is just the whole newness of the year factor as to getting a new bag each year:) As for student papers, as a Kindergarten teacher, there is not a lot of 'paperwork' for me to grade. However, their genre writing is something I have taken home, but with only one thing, it makes it pretty simple. Hopefully, someone out there has a great plan:) Thanks for sharing!

    Two Fulbright Hugs
    Teacher Timesavers

  4. I adore your polka dot accordion folder. I have the same 31 bag but different pattern and am envious of yours. It is so cheerful and bright.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan