Monday, June 27, 2016

How to Handle No Name Papers in Your Classroom

No Name Papers Board
No name papers can be really frustrating to deal with. It affects our grading, how we handle missing assignments, and more. Sometimes we can identify the handwriting of our students and pass them back their paper or sometimes there is only one no name paper and we know exactly who it belongs to. However, for those moments (cough **beginning of the year** cough) where you have multiple papers without names, or you can't recognize (or read) the handwriting, I want to show you about the No Name Board.

The No Name Board is a place to keep track of all the papers that don't have a name on them. It is a designated space in the classroom where students know they can look if they have a missing assignment and where you can put all the papers that need attention in one place.

Start by gluing pushpins onto clothespins with hot glue.
Glue Pushpins on Clothespins
You can also use magnets or even tape depending on the kind of surface you are attaching the poster to. I used push pins because I was putting my on cork board.

No Name Board
Attach the poster to the bulletin board or wall space. Then, push the clothes pins on the bottom.

 Clothes Pins on No Name Board

The clothes pins help keep everything nice and neat while helping you put all your no name papers in one place. You can also layer the papers if you happen to have that many.

 No Name Board With Papers

Clothes pins with push pins glued on the back also work great if you have tack strips in your hallway. It becomes extremely easy to hang up papers for hallway displays if you have the clothes pins already attached to the wall!


  1. I absolutely love this idea. As you so nicely put it, No Name Papers, can be very frustrating, so thank you for sharing. I will definitely be using this strategy in the upcoming year.

    1. Thank you so much Heather! I'm glad you like it!

  2. Can you share the no name poster?

    1. Hi Nicole,
      If you join my free Classroom Organization and Management (COM) Challenge, you will get it as a free download. It begins July 1st! You can sign up here:

  3. I just signed up for COM. Did I miss this poster yet? I love the idea and can't wait to use it!!

    1. Hi Mia,
      It came out in the email yesterday at 7:00 a.m. If you signed up after that time, you would have missed the poster.

  4. Replies
    1. Hi Anne,
      I have compiled everything from my COM Challenge into an eBook. You can find this poster inside that book.


  5. Hello. I signed up for the COM and first thing. I got the 1st week but none after that. Did you send more stuff?

  6. Hello!
    I did send more emails throughout the month. Make sure that you have added to your safe list.

    I have compiled everything into an eBook if you are interested. You can find it here:


  7. I ask kids to put their finger on their first name or to stand up when their name is on their paper. They also have a clothespin with their name on it to clip their paper with. That helps me see who hasn't turned in their paper. When I have a substitute, I go ahead and label the papers with their names beforehand.


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