School Teachers Fold

This School Teachers Fold was conveyed to us by Dave Hawk. He recounts the days when he was a schoolboy in England and the teachers would write notes for the students, fold them up, and then clip them to their note books.

Back in the 1970's, before the international standard A4 was adopted, Europe's standard-sized writing paper was a foolscap (13" x 8"). Printers made business letterheads to be 10" x 8" and have a leftover piece that is 3" x 8". This leftover sheet can have the business letterhead printed on it and it serves as a "compliment slip". Or, the leftover pieces are sold blank as "note slips"; these are similar to today's Post-It Notes.

It is this 3" x 8" note slip which was used by school teachers to write comments to the students. The method of folding these slips of paper is shown below.

School Teachers Fold - Diagram



  1. Original method started with a piece of paper that is 3" x 8" but a different sized rectangle also works. Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
  2. Fold in half crosswise. Unfold. This gives you the center crease.
  3. Fold the bottom half of the paper up and towards the left. Make the fold across the central crease.
  4. Fold down the top half of the paper.
  5. Fold the left arm of the paper towards the right.
  6. Turn the paper over.
  7. Fold the left arm of the paper towards the right and tuck it under the existing layer of paper.
  8. Fold up the bottom arm of the paper and tuck it under the existing layer.
  9. Done! You can write the student's name on the front side of the folded paper.


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Note: the term foolscap is from the watermark used on paper to designate that size of paper. The watermark was a picture of a jester; later it was simplified to a cone representing a dunce hat = a fool's cap. Image from National Gallery of Australia



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