You Oughta Know about...Document Sorters

I'm excited to be linking up with Jasmine from Buzzing with Mrs. McClain.  I love all of the fabulous ideas that are shared in this blog hop.

This month I'm sharing about a document sorter that I use to keep all papers that students turn in alphabetized and organized.  It's the C-Line All Purpose Document Sorter.
Like the video showed, this sorter has 31 slots that are labeled in a variety of ways.  
In my class, students are assigned numbers that correspond to their alphabetical order.  For any assignment that my students have to turn in, they walk up to the sorter, find their number, and lift up that flap.  They simply place their paper in the sorter and it's ready for me to pick up!
It's a very simply process, but it makes grading and passing things back out so much easier!  Here's a picture of my math tests in the sorter once all the kids had finished.
To get the tests out, I start on the left hand side and slide them all out.  You do have to teach your kids not to put their paper too far into the sorter because it makes it harder to pull out.  Also, at the beginning you have to remind them that they can't cover the next number with their paper. 
After a few tries, they usually are able to do this.  Then you have a pile of papers in order ready to be graded!


  1. Ok, seriously. Why didn't I think of this? I have so many of these in storage that I never use, and my kids DO have numbers for their mailboxes. This is going on my list to try on Monday. Thank you for sharing!!

    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

  2. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. How cool is this? This will save me so much time!

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

  3. OMG what a great idea for staying organized. How sturdy is it? My firsties are experts at damaging things lol!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  4. My jaw is open right now. How amazing is this tool?!? I need one of these! Scratch that, I need like...10 of them! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    Simply Magical Learning


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