Reasons For Using Student File Folders
Dr. Kathie F. Nunley
One of your
goals in establishing a student-centered classroom is to remove
the need for the teacher to "begin" the class period.
No longer do we want to hear that telling statement, "Let's
all get in our seats so we can get started".....
be self-starting each class period. One of the best ways of creating
that is by maintaining individual student file folders. So, get
and label bins for each class period. Then put student names on
individual file folders and insert in the appropriate class period.
The bins stay near the classroom entryway. Here are the benefits:
maintain their Layered Curricululm unit sheets in their folders.
This prevents them from being lost / left at home. (Make extras
available and/or post on the class website for home reference).
2. You can look
over unit sheets periodically, and leave post it notes on them for
can "flag" their file at the end of the class period using
a bright red post it to indicate they need your help or assistance
during the next class.
daily starters, notes, etc can easily be placed in the folder daily
for either the entire class or individual students.
5. No need to
waste valuable class time with roll call. You can simply grab remaining
folders at the tardy bell and you know who is absent.
can keep "work in progress" work in their folder.
can "turn in" work via their folder - using an orange
post it to flag it as having completed work enclosed.
There is no
end to the color coded scheme you can use for students to communicate
using the folders. Ready for a quiz, Need instructions for particular
assignment, Needing make-up assignments, etc.
vision is a classroom that begins with students working, not the
teacher giving direct instruction. Once students understand they
are to come in, grab their folder and get to work - you are on track
for a student-centered learning enviornment.
Dr Kathie Nunley is an educational psychologist, researcher and
author of several books on parenting and teaching, including A
Student's Brain (Brains.org) and the best selling, "Differentiating
the High School Classroom" (Corwin Press). She is the developer
of the Layered Curriculum® method of instruction and has worked
with parents and educators around the world to better structure
schools to make brain-friendly environments. In addition, her
work has been used by the Boeing Corporation, Family Circle Magazine,
the Washington Post, and ABC television.
her: Kathie (at) brains.org