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.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.