Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bright Ideas: Exit Slip Storage!


Today's "bright ideas" post is the result of me having WAY too many papers floating around my room--especially the half sheet formative assessments I use ALL. THE. TIME.  Because they are smaller than the rest of my papers, they are constantly getting misplaced, stuck in piles, and so on.  Here's what I did!
These little pesky buggers!  They are ALL over my room!  UGH!
So, when I was at one of my favorite discount department stores with red carts, I saw this wire letter holder--you know the ones I'm talking about--with three "tiered" sections? I thought to myself, "Self, if they can hold LETTERS, couldn't they hold exit slips?"  And I listened to myself--for once.

So...I took that little guy to school and hunted down all my copies of exit slips.  Part of my problem is that I am "creatively organized"...what this means is that I think ahead a LOT so I prepare things, order copies, and then can't access them when I want them!  

I decided to TRAIN myself to use the three sections as follows...the front section for any exit slips for the current unit (makes sense, right?  Right in front?), the middle section for the exit slips from the LAST unit that I didn't use (I like to do a number of these AFTER the unit is over to see if it "stuck" or if reteaching needs to happen, and the BACK section for extra slips from past units that I can pull out whenever I want to spot check a skill.

I found a clear space (one of VERY few on my desk!) for my new organizer and used my first one yesterday--no hunting, no searching.  LOVE IT!

I found a clear space (one of VERY few on my desk!) for my new organizer and used my first one yesterday--no hunting, no searching.  LOVE IT!

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3 comments:

  1. Hi Meg! Okay, I need to do this. I mean I really need to do this! I will do it!
    xo
    -Susanna

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  2. Great idea! I love how you have slips from the previous unit handy to check if it stuck,

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  3. Ingenious! I do the same thing...think ahead, print ahead, then add it to "the pile til I have time to file" .... And then can't find them when I need them. Putting this on my $1 Store list. Thanks for sharing!

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