After changing my procedures for collecting papers at least 5 times within two years, I finally found what has been a game changer! I took this idea from two of my brilliant coworkers who were using this last year (and I kick myself for not changing my ways back then)!
The idea is very simple, and can be adapted to meet your needs very easily. I currently teach 3rd grade Math and Science. We are departmentalized, so I have two classes of students. Peacocks are my homeroom students, and penguins are my switch class. I keep my classes bin outside of my door, and my partner teacher keeps hers outside of her door.
Here are some photos of the bins:
Each bin has a file folder inside with the students class number on the tab. Anything they turn in goes directly into their folder. I ask them to put their papers in so that they stick out vertically, making it easier for me to pull exactly what I need. Even with 3-4 assignments in each folder at once, I am able to pull out only the assignment I need. They are also in number order, and I know which student it belongs to if they don’t put their name on (sigh).
I would love to hear if you also use this system, something different, or what you think!