|Consider collecting papers in alphabetical order.
Students line up and the first person in line collects all the papers. If a student forgot to put a name on the paper, the collector can gently remind the student.
A different person is assigned as the “paper manager” for each date in a month based on each student’s last name.
This makes it much easier to record grades.
Returning papers is simple. Students just line up and get their paper back from the “paper manager” assigned for that day.
It gives everyone an opportunity to move around the classroom. A few students in every class really benefit from moving briefly around the room. It can signal a transition to something new.
I assign a number to each student and that corresponds with their place in my class list and can be used to easily determine which day of the month that student is the “paper manager” whether it’s collecting or returning papers. If it’s the 20th, the student who is number 20 collects papers from students 20-32 and then from students 1-19. The “paper manager” stacks the papers in numerical order, clips them securely, and leaves them on my desk. Assigning a number means a different person is at the head of the line, it’s not always the first person in alphabetical order.