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Clearing Classroom Clutter

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As the school year approaches, Doug from Borderland, self-described "organizational rebel," determines to come to grips with his disorderly habits and rid his classroom of all the unnecessary clutter:

I will be ruthless. Old workbooks, lesson plans, my classroom library, science materials…all must be given a brief but hard look before I decide if they are worth putting someplace besides the “pile” that is going out the door.

I am good at this purging. I do it every year. But this time is different. I’m burning bridges. Anything that’s really worth keeping is already in my head or on the hard drive of a computer.
…I admire people with tidy file drawers and neat desk tops. They have labels on folders that actually describe what’s in them. But it’s time for me to face reality. I will never be like that.
After 24 years, maybe I’ve learned something.
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Way to go!
I'm moving to a new room this year - and all of my treasures are in piles around the gym. I hope I will be able to be as ruthless as you plan when I decide what gets moved into the new space.
Good luck!

Boy, do I admire you!
I am an inner-city high school Biology teacher, certfied to teach all physical and biological sciences. I am so afraid to get rid of materials and supplies because I never know when I'll be assigned to teach which course. I think that if I can just get rid of the excess paper, then I'll have done something good for myself and my students.

Did you actually use it ? Was it effective ?
Is it still relevant ?

If not three yesses, probably dump it !

I've been better at getting rid of things since I moved to high school after teaching 10 yrs at elementary and 10 at middle, inner-city, special ed.
However, I'm now sharing a room (we both teach three periods) with a real pack rat and it's driving me nuts. Her stuff is everywhere, all the time!
It's good to purge.

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