I created a unit for the start of the school year that is based on our approach at TCI and incorporates some of the ideas found in The First Days of School by Harry Wong. These lessons are free. You can alter or change anything you need. By the way, the second lesson in the unit is on the topic of Interactive Student Notebooks, which we are most famous for.
Here's the link to the complete unit: http://teachergenius.teachtci.com/basic-training-starting-the-schoo...
You'll also find a ton of other great resources where this link takes you. Most are submitted from teachers in the trenches and many are topical to the notebook, web tools, and many other important issues.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can provide in terms of resources: email@example.com or @Brian_ThomasTCI on Twitter.
Here is the direct link to the quia page I use for my assignments http://www.quia.com/pages/lhallmark/page8 You can also link to it from my main webpage at http://delvalle.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sec...
I use the quia account so my students can have easy access to make up quizzes, all the PowerPoints from class, vocabulary, and games; but it's not the only thing I use. The notebook PowerPoint instructions are where I start. You can also see some examples from the spirals from the schoolwebpages - go to classroom celebrations and check out some of the pictures.
Hope this helps
Oh when you go to quia page, be sure to scroll down to where it says Class Notebook. Then click on each of the files below the header to give you an idea.
Also I model how students should put the papers in and time it. Using music helps too. We don't spend more than 2-3 minutes on this - less if there's not a writing component like a preview. Kids have 5 minutes from the bell to do their bell ringer vocab and set up spiral and be ready. Anything else, they have to finish it on their own. And I move around the room helping kids who need it and STAMP the page with a cool stamp if they're on task, getting it done within time frame. They work for stickers and stamps. I sometimes too have a kid who finishes early or forgets their spiral to do the stamping for me.
I've kept the spirals in the room and had the kids keep them. We don't have lockers. I prefer to have the kids hold them but I will let some of those with tendency to lose them use a small space on my bookshelf to store theirs - sort of an accommodation, if you will.
As far as grading, I pick up one period at a time and rotate which class has to turn theirs in first. Ex. Mon - 1st and 7th, Tues 2nd and 6th, etc. That way I'm not bogged down horribly trying to grade 165 spirals in one night. The first six weeks, I grade the spirals carefully and comment a lot. After that, I check for basic components. My grade level partner also tells the kids about 2-5 assignments he'll be grading from the spiral. I don't - I grade assignments separately. You have to figure out what works for you best.