here where I describe them in depth.
Another favorite time saver is like Sarah's first tip. I bought some plastic drawers like these: http://www.sterilite.com/SelectProduct.html?id=329&ProductCategory=186§ion=1. In one, I keep three kinds of frequently-used graph paper. In the other, I keep notebook paper and copy paper. I don't have to remember where I filed my graph paper or copy it each time I'm going to use it. I simply copy several hundred sheets at a time and reload the drawers when they get low. My students know where the papers are stored and can help themselves. This is especially nice when a student decides he wants graph paper and I'm helping another student clear across the classroom- there's no need for interruption. I have another bank of these drawers in which I store my colored copy paper. That helps me see which colors I can choose from and which I might need to restock.
I just graded several Interactive Notebooks last night and I was reminded how easy it was to do so thanks to the rubrics I have glued into the notebook. Having them glued in means I don't have to copy more papers, write students' names on the rubrics, or separately pass them back to students and have the students store them. I just open the notebook, circle the points earned, record the score, and close the notebook. How simple! The best part is that the rubrics are there all year so the students can look back and see how they've been doing throughout the year. I can also follow up to see that improvements were made following the most recent notebook check without digging through records.
Missing work can be another huge time-suck. Don't forget the dreaded student question, "I was absent yesterday. Did I miss anything?" These organizers have made my life so much easier than before! You could use any kind of organizer to accomplish this; I've seen file folders and letter trays also be used effectively. I've combined this set of organizers with a "While You Were Out" slip that can quickly communicate to a student what was missed. I haven't gotten students to fill them out as I originally planned; I find I can usually fill these out in a minute or less while students are working on something independently. I keep a basket of them along with a box of paper clips just next to the hanging organizers.
Warm-up folders (I'll get to talk more about this at TMC2014!!!) are a small time saver, but an important one. In my school, we give individual grades on warm-ups every day. To quickly pass out and collect warm-ups, each student is assigned to one of about 5 file folders for that class period. The warm up papers are stored there so the child can pick up his paper from the folder at the beginning of the class and return it there when it is complete. This is much faster than each child shuffling through a stack of 28 papers or having someone pass them out at the start of class. I go through each folder and grade the papers every afternoon.
Gosh, there are probably more great time savers I could share but I'm off to be productive around the house on this snow day.
How do you save time in your classroom?
P.S.- If you haven't gone to read Sarah's post at Math = Love yet, please do since she inspired this post!