Class List Checkoff: Optimum Organization!

Seems to be the summer of the linky party, huh?  I am just loving all of the opportunities to link up with other bloggers and learn some great new ideas.  So I couldn't pass by the Organization Party with my two favorite friends Kristen at Ladybug Teacher Files and Elizabeth at Fun in 4B.  This is something I have shared before (about a year ago....crazy it has been that long!), but wanted to reshare, just in case you missed it.

You can see the different lists for different work piles
This is something I have used since the beginning of my teaching career.  Now, this is not mind blowing.  In fact, my master teacher did a handwritten variation of this when I was student teaching 15 years ago.  When I have a bunch of work that has been turned in, I take a list of the students and just cross off who has turned what in.  Each pile of work gets a separate list.

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Using the Flow Map really streamlines everything.
On days that I just *have* to get work done, I draw a Flow Map of all the work to be completed on the board.  Then, underneath the Flow Map I write on the board (see, I even use Thinking Maps for our independent work ;) ) I write the numbers of all the kids who still need to turn in their work.  This helps them to see who needs what and allows the kids to be a bit more organized in their own work.  As they turn the work into the inbox, they simply go up and wipe their number off the board.  Easy peezy.  This also lets the kids know that *I* know what has been turned in and what hasn't.  Cuts back on the "she will never know" mentality.

I told you, nothing mind blowing.  What is one organizational tip you have to share with us?


  1. Awesome! So simple! I have been using the rooster lists, but not for every assignment. After last year, I think it would be a great idea for every assignment. I love it, thank you:)

  2. That's great....I am going to have to try this....I had post its all over of the kids who owed me and then some got lost and my desk turned into a mess....I'm loving this, thanks for sharing:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  3. I do the lists, too! I am a compulsive checklist kind of gal and found that these were so easy to use when I had students help check off work for me.
    Stories by Storie

  4. Great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. I am a new follower...

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  5. I have a class list with numbers that I attach to all assignments. I love your flow chart...great way to incorportate Thinking Maps!

    Success in Second Grade

  6. I use class lists to check off work too. Well, I don't do it... a student does it for me. :) I also assign my students numbers, so why oh why, I have always written their name and not their number on the board for missing assignments is crazy! You are brilliant! Numbers take up way less space AND are faster. Thank you!!

    The Teaching Thief

  7. You are going to be such an important friend this summer!! Along with the names, I included a key: Absent is a triangle that when they do complete the assignment, I can check it off. Also, L for late, I for incomplete...D if I send them to detention to finish....

  8. I LOVE IT! I am a compulsive list maker and try to be extremely organized. Your checklist system is definitely one I am going to try! I love the board idea too! I always have students ( 1 bigtime this year) that try to get away with not turning things in to the turn-in box...she was just fine with zeros!(a concept that is very difficult for me to understand!!) This would solve that issue! Love it, love it, love it!!!

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    5th Grade Tomfoolery


  9. I love the list idea. HELLO! how easy is that? I also have my students line up in ABC order when they are passing in certain assignments, tests, etc. It makes it really easy to input into the computer, as well as gets them out of their seat. They learn their position the first week of school, which helps on the many occasions throughout the year in which they need to line up in that order.

  10. I have some magnetic strips with each child's number on it. For writing workshop I post the strips beside each category (drafting, revising etc). Then the students can move their number as each completes the category. It makes it very easy to see at a glance what I need to help with and they keep up with what they need to accomplish.

  11. I love that you did it in strips to save paper.

    Surfing to Success

  12. This is great! One of my pet peeves are the students who "act" like all their work is done when they know full well that they didn't turn in their work that morning!! This will get 'em! Hehe:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  13. I absolutely love this idea! I remember seeing it before and I've actually used it on certain assessments that get turned in at random times. Thanks for the wonderful tip and thank you so much for linking up with us.

    Fun in Room 4B

  14. Thats a great idea! I can see that helping with organization. Thanks!

    Sending Tons of Teacher Love Your Way,


    Second Grade Serenade

  15. I do the same thing on the board for "missing" assignments at the end of the week. The past few years I have done "must-do" assignments instead of scheduled centers. I find it works better when they are able to work at their own pace and get to use a checklist to check off what they have completed. I tend to have more things turned in "on-time".
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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