Monday, June 30, 2014

Help! I'm drowning in paper.

 Hello friends,

I have been enjoying summer break so much.
I love looking at all the things teachers do during the summer. 
This e card truly says it all

I have been on a mission to get back in shape.  I started back in January but have been hitting it really hardcore this summer.  I am on a mission to hit my pre-baby weight.  I'm not talking about baby #2, I  mean pre-baby #1.  At first I dreaded every minute of working out.  Now it truly has become second nature.  I also love that I am working out with my best bud. Its so much fun when you are doing it with someone.  I am happy to say I have lost 18 lbs so far.  I still have a way to go but I am loving all these new muscles that are showing up.  I must admit that I have a flex session every time I come from the gym.  It might be silly but it keeps me motivated.  Ha!

Well back to the point of my post.  I have been going in to school twice a week since summer break. Another mission of mine this summer is to get organized.  Let me tell you the work out is much easier.  I am tackling my file cabinets and they are a hot mess!

When I first started teaching I filed everything in monthly folders.  So everything I did in September went in one folder.  Then I continued the year like that.  So by the end of my first year I had 9 really fat folders.  They were literally filled to the brim.

The next year I decided to continue the monthly filing but I took it a step further and divided stuff into thematic folders within the month.
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This is what it looked like.  As you can see it is still pretty full and looks messy!

So then 2 years ago I decided enough was enough I was going to file everything according to the week it happened in the month.  So I had a September week 1, September week 2 and so on.  This worked really well because it helped me tame my piles because I only had to keep on copy of what we did for my file.  Then I could look back and see what I did the first week of September for years to come.

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Not a great picture but you can see how its divided.

Well last year this method was really good because it really helped with planing.  My teammate and I were able to go to week 1 and see what we did the previous year and decide what we wanted to redo or what we wanted to change.   It made planning sooooo much easier.  The only problem was when weeks didn't align but it wasn't too bad because you would just have to look through the weeks.  Another problem I had was with the things we didn't use.  Do I leave it in the folder and then add the new stuff we did that week?  Which now makes a huge file.I also never got rid of my thematic monthly files because sometimes I didn't want to do what we did last year, so I went to my trusty thematic files and pulled some new activity out.

So now I am starting my 5th year and I refuse to start with this file cabinet.  I need to let go of papers that I have never used and are super old and find a new system.  So as hard as it is for me because friends I will be the first to admit it.

I am a Hoarder!

I literally keep everything because you never know when you are going to use it.
its a serious problem people!

So I have been busy throwing paper away.
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This is my 4th bag of just old files that I have never used or will never use.
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I have 2 empty file drawers but still need to work on the other 2.

My question is this:

How do you file your thematic or everyday papers that you want to keep for future years?  Stuff you have done with your kiddos.  Like your math, reading, etc. files.  What do you do to tame the paper mountain?


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Monday Meet me

                       I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for 'Monday Meet Me'! 

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