Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Student Writing Folders

Hi Everyone!

Caitlin from Teach Inspire Change here :)

I wanted to briefly share with you how and why I chose to use Student Writing Folders in my classroom. 

Let's be honest. As English teachers, we can spend upwards of 15+ hours of grading student essays. EASILY. We leave them awesome feedback, helpful tips for improvement and so much much! You hand them back to students, they look at their grade, and then what happens? You find that essay that you poured your heart and soul into grading (and gave you wrinkles when the student confused "their," "there," and "they're") in the garbage can! Ummm. NO. 

So I decided my students were going to save every. single. essay. that they wrote and that I graded throughout the year. So I put together these cute student essay folders. 

Concept is simple: They write. You grade. They file. And you keep 'em in your classroom! 

I wrote each of my kids a note describing what our Student Writing Folders are all about. This sits in the front of each of their folders. 
I bought these folders at Target for $0.10 each before school started - GREAT deal! I also decorated each folder with washi tape :)
The little folder filer that I bought. To save space, I put two students folders in each tab. To keep it easily organized, I just had my kids use their class numbers (that way I could use this for years to come!). 

It's actually really fun, too, for your kiddos to go back through their essays at the end of each month to see how much they really have improved. 

How do you make sure your essay comments don't end up in the trash can? Please share in the comments below! 

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