Friends, I have been sharing with you intimate details of my professional thoughts and neuroses for the last few years. We have laughed together, we have cried together, we have worn high heels together (some of us) and we have ranted together. Then today, when I thought to myself, "Self, what the F are you going to write about today? Is it the 31st yet?" and began to look through old blog posts, I realized that I had with held from you one of the greatest inventions in teacher organization in, well, in the history of the world. (Yeah, I said it. I am that
Are you ready?
Are you sitting?
Are you salivating?
How about these? Both come in a set of six (the organizing possibilities are endless) and are a little more snazzy:
And a cheaper, less fancy, but still freaking hot because of all the organization...OH THE ORGANIZATION!
I know it doesn't look like much but it will CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE. I have several Super Colleagues who can back me up on this one. I also have another Super Colleague who shall remain nameless but if she chooses to read this post today should know that I am LOOKING AT HER because I am an Organizational Goddess. This is the same Super Colleague who, this past Friday, chose to throw a math manual, writing binder, reading binder and other assorted items that weigh an insane amount and WILL give you scoliosis if you continue to insist on jamming them into your teacher bags, into her trunk to bring home. Then she lugged said materials into her home, where I'm sure they took up a huge amount of space and mocked her as she tried to enjoy her coffee and forget about the classroom for one brief moment. Because that shit STARES AT YOU. I bet if she listened closely she could hear it taunting her, "If you brought all of us home and don't even open us because you decide to (gasp) enjoy yourself on your weekend, you will feel terrible on Monday morning...."
Now this folder THIS FOLDER will also speak to you as you slip it into your Teacher Bag. Except it won't taunt you. Instead, it will say, "Can I kick it?" To which you will reply, "Yes we can!" Because you will be able to kick it. No more giant Teacher Bag which is oh-so-embarrassing to carry into the bar on a Friday for Happy Hour. No more lugging around a Scoliosis Sack while trying to run errands on your way home from school. No more Towering Pile of Manuals and Binders that mock you while they take up precious space in your home.
You see, you simply label each pocket with a different subject area. For example, I had the following sections: To Do (for assorted paperwork and notes that needed answering), To Correct, Homework, Math, Word Study, Reading, Writing, and Science/Social Studies. (So sad that science and social studies seem to always get the shaft...but that is another post for another day. Maybe tomorrow in fact, since the well that is Mrs. Mimi feels a little dry.)
Then, you ONLY TAKE HOME THE PAGES YOU NEED TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO OVER THE WEEKEND. No more. And maybe a little less. What do you do with the math manual pages you need you ask? Well, my psychotic self scratched and clawed my way to the front of the copier line and made double-sided copies (Your welcome, environment.) of the unit we were currently working on. Slap a binder clip on that puppy and it slides nice and easy into the pocket labeled "Math". (Or, what's even better, take home the CD of the math manual...I mean, technology does have some advantages. Instead of taking home the entire binder with every single reading lesson you have ever taught, consider removing the pages you need (Or copying them...it is well worth the time and human struggle to get to the copier. Throw some elbows if you need to.) and slipping them into your Folder of Fabulous in the section lovingly labeled "Reading" with your favorite Sharpie.
Another facet of genius to this Folder of Fabulous, is that your To Correct section will only hold so many papers, thereby limiting the number you actually take home. Because we all know, even if you drag that monsterous pile home, there is only so much you can do whilst sipping on
Trust me on this one. Have I ever let you do organizationally before?
* P.S. - Bonus points to anyone who caught my DJ Kool references. I heart you and we should get a cocktail sometime.