Thursday, 2 September 2021

Turn In Bins for Classrooms

Every classroom needs turn in stations for student work. Turn in bins are used for collecting homework, forms, assignments, and worksheets from your students. Each bin or paper tray needs to have a clear label for students to be able to use your turn-in system efficiently. There are many of ways to make a turn in work organizer for your classroom. Teachers use paper tray organizers, plastic bins, stackable baskets, drawer carts, book bins, and classroom mailboxes. See how teachers are using these to make student turn in bins and homework trays in the classroom pictures below. 

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  • Use a wire mesh letter tray organizer: Always choose an organizer that has a stackable design for turn-in trays. I prefer the wire mesh ones because they are strong enough to hold heavy stacks of paper. If you are short on space, stack another tray on top for more tray space.

  • Use classroom mailboxes: Mailboxes come in different sizes and materials. I find that the wooden ones are the most durable. Use a different slot for each subject. I think that most teachers use the mailboxes for turn in bins because they have enough compartments for a high volume of worksheets. 

  • A drawer cart: Label a drawer cart with all the homework categories you need. Students can use it to turn in homework for each subject.
  • Plastic baskets: Plastic baskets and trays that are right size for holding stacks of letter sized sheets can be used for turn in bins. They can be assorted bright colors or all of the same color, to match your classroom decor. Just glue the labels on the front.

  • Plastic Drawers: These drawers are made to hold letter sized sheets of paper. They come with a pack of blank chalkboard label stickers. You can write your categories on them with a chalk marker. Think of them as a drawer system for turn in bins.

  • Mix and match combination: If you are short on space but you need a lot of turn-in categories, add extra drawers to what you already have. This teacher first had a Seville drawer cart for a turn in station. Then found that she needed more drawers so she added a three-drawer set onto what she had before. Both drawers are black and the matching labeling systems make them blend together.

  • Use book bins in a storage rack: Book bins make good turn in bins if you have a lot of subject areas to collect work for and less space to store it all. A book bin rack would be necessary to keep the book bins upright.

You can find lots of free turn in bin labels here for your classroom. There are black and white templates and colorful ones. Some of the labels are PDFs and others are editable in PowerPoint. More ideas will be added soon.

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