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Classroom Management Hack: Make Grading Easier with Hanging File Folders

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Another week means another classroom management hack! One of the things that drives me crazy when I’m grading is having to sort through all the papers after grading them in order to pass them out to students or file them in individual folders. That takes a lot of extra time, right?

Well this week’s hack is going to help streamline this grading process. It's just a short and sweet hack, but that's just how we like it right?

All you need to do is keep a hanging display of file folders right by your desk. Then, you name a folder for each student in your class. This gives you a visual for each student. Then, you can sort the papers as you grade them!

For example, when you finish grading one student’s work, you just reach over and put it in their file folder. That way they are already organized and ready to return to students and go home. This can save you so much time when you have lots of grading to do! Plus, it’s a good way to keep any papers private that you don’t want to put in student mailboxes.

You can see an example of these file folders on Amazon here.

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I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement many of these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for many of the hacks. 

So when you check out my Dr. Lori's Dollar Store, you're going to see that I'm creating very simple templates for you to grab and go with for only a dollar each. Then you can implement these hacks quickly and easily inside your classroom (as soon as tomorrow!). 

I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?

Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out. 

I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand.

It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen. 

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

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Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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