Thanks to a few organizational linkys going on I discovered that many fellow bloggers feel the same way I do about filing cabinets.
Folders bend, papers curl, things get lost in a sea of paper, and something that was meant to keep you organized ends up accumulating paper at an alarming rate. One blogger (sorry I don't remember who) said something to the effect of "the only thing file folders are good for is lapbooking." And I agree 100%. Right now, my filing cabinet is where I house all my listening centers.
With the filing cabinet off-limits, I switched to binders like many of you. And they are wonderful. Everything has a home, papers stay neat, and the binders are easy to store.
I'm starting to realize that my binders are turning into a filing cabinet in disguise. I have 6,395 binders (or something like that) and they take up a huge chunk of my storage space. As I began to pack up my room, I also realized that the binders are heavy. I filled 4 huge totes with just content binders (social studies and science). I decided I needed to take a closer look at these and see if I couldn't remedy this situation a bit.
Why the war on binders? Next year I will be moving to a new school. Which is a good enough reason in and of itself to re-evaluate your organizational systems. BUT my new position is a First to Second grade looping position. Which means that every-other year, I will be teaching first grade curriculum. I've never taught first grade before.... So I am sure I will be accumulating first grade materials very quickly in the near future. So unless I want to haul an entire grade-level home every summer, I need to figure out a way to store two grade levels' worth of materials in one classroom.
Another reason I'm taking a closer look at my binders is that in this digital age, I'm finding that I haven't been using much that I can't store electronically. Digital space is virtually endless. So why waste the physical space?
Enter - my summer project!
I will be going through ALL of my binders, purging materials I don't use or have stored digitally, and then either scanning in and/or digitally re-creating anything I think I may use. I know there are some things that I will need to keep as hard copies, so I will still have some binders. But my goal is to switch all my 2 and 3 inch binders to 1/2 inch or 1 inch binders.
So what do you think? Is it possible to keep only digital versions of the materials we use or are we bound by some mystical order of teacherhood to hold onto the paper?