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Organizing Weekly Work Using A File Cabinet

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My Kindergarten kids file away their finished work each day in file cabinets. I use two different cabinets and half of their names are in each file. I have found the multi-colored files work best because when they open the file they see the color inside also. I teach them to make sure the inside is the correct color so they know they are using the correct file. They are able to handle this after just a quick demonstration and this system has worked well for me for many years. They learn to stay organized and it makes it super easy for me to check their work Friday morning to see what they might need to finish for the week. The unfinished work is kept in a separate shelf (see below) which also makes it easy for them to know what they still need to finish. Basically, with this system I expect the kids to keep track of their work.

On Friday morning I have them each bring me all their finished work and we go through the work together. Anything that needs to be adjusted/fixed/completed would be moved to their unfinished work bucket to complete. As I meet with each child the class plays in imagination tubs because I think every Friday should start with fun and play. Usually it takes me about 20 minutes to go through all the work and then we switch to centers to finish up the work from the week.

Please share your ideas for keeping their work organized in the comments! 

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9 Responses to Organizing Weekly Work Using A File Cabinet

  1. I love this idea and I am definitely going to give it a go. Thank you.

  2. Morrison says:

    Matt, I would love to visit your room to see it in action. The filing system looks great but I worry about not giving feedback on work completed on Monday till Friday. How do you handle when a child writes a letter incorrectly and continues throughout the week? Is correcting it on Friday enough? Have you had issues with bad form being hard to break after the child has consistently written say the “b,d, p,or 3” as reversals all week?

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Morrison, great question! What I do on Friday I would call the final inspection. I am constantly observing and monitoring what the kids are doing in their centers during the week. That doesn’t mean I catch everything but I think I have a good feel for how the kids are doing daily. As I see issues or concerns I will let the kids know during the week. What I try to avoid is checking every paper every day. I don’t think this system leads to bad habits because I am meeting with them every week. I will also point out that the product, or finished work, is rarely the focus in my room anyway. I really try to focus on the process and have centers that promote learning through a process. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Marjorie says:

    Absolutely! My kinder-babes also file their work and we check it Fridays. Curious what the imagination tubs consist of?

  4. Michele says:

    I love following your blog and despite teaching Grade One, so many ideas are applicable. Have a simalar system and I am wondering when you sort/send home the work from the folder? Do you include art,etc? How do you use the work in the folder for assessment, student confetence,etc?

  5. Meg Franco says:

    I use mailboxes and “To Do” boxes. Mailboxes are for work that is complete and to go home. To Do boxes are for work that needs to be finished.

  6. Shanda says:

    Hi Mr. Gomez!

    This is Shanda again! I am in the EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama! I was assigned to your blog for my C4T this month! I am really glad I was assigned to your blog! You have some amazing ideas and methods. I am glad you have a blog to share all of these ideas with others. I am not sure what grade I will end up teaching but I am sure this would come in handy regardless. I love that you teach your kindergarteners to be responsible for their work, it is never to early to teach responsibilities. Thanks again for sharing, and I look forward to looking at more of your blog posts!

    Shanda Thornton, future educator

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