You can use all kinds of storage solutions to make 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, clear file containers, 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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Desktop Turn In Bins for Classrooms
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.
Depending on the size of your class, you can check out the sizes and materials of different classroom mailboxes in this blog post.
Container Turn In Bins for Classrooms
These are containers, bins, and baskets that you can keep on your teacher desk, classroom table, or countertop, as separate turn in bins for your students:
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.
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.
Wire tray bins: These are individual bins that can be laid out on a table or counter for collecting student notebooks, journals, or worksheets.
Use clear paper containers with lids: I did not know that a storage container like this existed until I happened to come across it. Unlike open baskets, this clear container comes with a locking lid so that if it falls over, the papers remain stacked in it. It also protects the papers from spills. I like that is is transparent so you can see which papers are in there.
Drawer Turn In Bins for Classrooms
Drawers for turn in bins can be mobile drawer carts or modular plastic drawers. These are examples of drawer systems for classroom turn in bins:
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 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.
For more size options for the mobile drawer carts you can see more brands and sizes in this blog post that is all about classroom drawer carts on wheels.
There’s also another blog article you can view to see different modular plastic drawers that are made for classroom use.
Wall Hanging Turn in Bins for Classrooms
Pocket chart turn in bins can go on your classroom wall, whiteboard, or over the door. You will have to use adhesives, magnetic tape, or classroom hooks to hang them up (depending on the type of pocket chart). These are examples of wall hanging turn in bins:
Use magnetic pockets as turn in bins for worksheets: There are expandable pouches that can go on any magnetic surface in your classroom like lockers, the sides of your filing cabinet or cupboard, and your whiteboards. Each pouch has a large flat magnet on the back.
Classroom Inbox: Use a file folder pocket chart to make a classroom inbox to track assignments for each period. This would be used daily and the papers can be collected at the end of each day or each class period.
Make a pocket chart turn in bin: A kindergarten teacher made this pocket chart turn in bin for her students have a visual representation of where to turn their work in. She used this pocket chart, and made the labels herself.
See different styles of classroom pocket charts on this blog page. You may need one with more or less pockets than ones above.
I hope you have found ideas for turn in bins for classrooms through this post. If you have any questions, you can ask me anything in the comments below.
I made these free turn in bin labels for teachers, they are editable in Power Point and they come in two sizes.
You can find more 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 for classroom turn in bins will be added as I find them. Have you created a new way to organize your turn in bin station? If you have, please share about it in the comments. Teachers are the ones who innovate and think up the most creative solutions for their classrooms.
More ideas will be added soon.