March 28, 2008
When I set up my files at the beginning of the year, rather than writing the student's name on the tab of the file, I assign each student a number and write the number on the file tab. In this way, I can use the same files for a few years. I tape a copy (from the grade book) of their name and number on the file cabinet door for quick reference whenever I need to file something. I also have the students write their names and numbers on all test papers. When entering grades into the grade book, it is much easier to match the number than to look for their names. You'd be amazed at what a time saver this little tip is.