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The Homework Folder

Daily & Semi-Daily Homework Teaching a student to use a 2-pocket homework folder labeled on the inside “Homework to Do” and “Homework to Turn In” is a vital step in materials management and homework completion. For students using a three ring binder, a clear homework folder should be purchased and placed in the front of the binder so it is the first thing that is seen.  Staples typically carries these kinds of folders in-store, but not online (as of 2020). I like the clear plastic folders because students can easily see the work inside.  Work that needs to capture their attention can placed face-up in the left pocket for immediate visibility.   If the student is using more than one binder for class, he or she should have a homework folder for each binder. For students using an accordion filer, the first two file pockets in the front of the filer should be designated for homework to do and homework to turn in. I am not a fan of accordion filers for students past K-5, as …

Materials Management at Home

At-Home Filing To maintain organization in the binder or accordion filer, an at-home filing system is vital.  Students should get in the habit of filing old tests, relevant handouts and notes at the end of a unit in an at-home filer.  This could be a file cabinet or portable file box with hanging files for each subject & manilla folders labeled for each unit. Ultimately, it should be easy to access and kept in the area where a student does his/her work. Developing the habit to clean out the binder after each unit and keeping past unit materials at home will: Help the student stay organized and focused on the most relevant work; Lighten binder load (those binders and books and backpacks are heavy enough!  Students don’t need to drag a whole year’s worth of materials around.) Set the student up for success when he/she has cumulative exams at midterm or end of the year; Reinforce the idea that the student is learning for the long-term, not just for the unit, and that learningis connected.  Many students view learning as …