Welcome back for day four of the 12 Simple Habits for an Organized Classroom series! Today’s tip sounds not so organizational, but I assure you it has a very important purpose!
This recycle bin is only for me. I only empty it four or five times during the school year, and it only contains extra copies of what I have used in my classroom. This particular recycle bin isn’t for scrap pieces of paper.
Here is what I do….
This recycle bin stays behind my desk. I typically make at least one extra copy of everything, because we all know those unfortunate events tend to occur where we need just one more copy. After I have passed out the worksheets, notes, newsletters, etc. to students, I place whatever I have left inside this bin.
I typically keep these copies for at least one full quarter. At that time, I send all the unused copies to the true recycle box to be recycled.
How this helps me with organization:
- I have one place for all those stray papers.
- The number of times I have to run to the copy machine for one copy is seriously reduced.
- I have copies for those students that were absent and lost their assignment at my fingertips.
Tomorrow I’ll share with you how I reduce my workload dramatically!