I have a file folder for each class sitting on the bookcase next to my desk. Any papers to return are put into those folders, as are any papers for student absentees, put in the folders by another student in charge of make-up work. As soon as he or she enters the room every day, a student in charge of returning papers distributes all papers in his/her class folder. This system allows for class to start on time without wasting time returning papers and instantly gives returning absentees the work they missed as soon as they return. This also allows me appropriate time to collect my thoughts and prepare for each new class period and gives students a chance to be involved.