Boxes from the Target Dollar Spot" or the Dollar store covered with polka dot scrapbook paper and attached to white board with magnetic clips. They hold remotes, chart markers, dry erase markers, erasers, and board clips.
Divide the inside of a file folder into boxes that are slightly larger than small sticky notes. Write students' names in the boxes in alphabetical order, one name per box, jot the information on a sticky note and then place it in the appropriate box.
Routines and Transitions alternatives to traditional homework Even at the college level, these homework alternatives make a lot of sense in a language classroom. I am beginning to really re-think all my ideas about homework.
Use a cover slip when collecting assignments. Grade the assignment, record the grade on the cover slip, then pass the papers back to students. No alphabetizing papers for the grade book. You can also see at a glance who didn't turn work in.