My budding love of teaching, stemming from my larger love of math and learning

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I Swear I am NOT a Horder

Or at least I don't think I am. My mother might beg to differ after moving many many boxes just over a month ago.

Now let me explain why I "might" be a horder: I still have all my grad school books, binders (I graduated from grad school in Dec 2003), as well as many many teaching resources I have collected over the last 2 years. I have this need to have resources around. I think it comes from not having the confidence that I won't actually be able to recall it when necessary. But anything that is in those grad school books is now readily available online. There really isn't any need to have the binders full of notes and assignments. Except...I think that one day I will create AMAZING lesson plans from those assignments...if I am ever in a job long enough that I could revise my curriculum to bring in more real-world applications.

I started thinking about this as I moved about 10 boxes into my new classroom this afternoon. I wondered...what's in all these binders (None of these binders actually being grad school binders).

So MAYBE I am a Level 1 Horder. But I did spend sometime yesterday condensing the binders from my 7th grade lessons into one 2-inch binder. I only kept the things that I did not have electronically. I also pulled out three binders from my first year of teaching as well as my teaching program portfolio. I am almost positive that have most of this stuff electronically as well. So my plan tomorrow is to head to school with my external hard drive in tow and clean out those binders too, keeping only those things that I DO NOT have electronically (checking the hard drive prior to throwing anything out), and hoping that somewhere in the building there is a scanner that I can easily scan that stuff too. So I am working towards whittling down.

So does this make me a horder? I don't know. Hopefully by this time next week, I can feel differently.

1 comment:

  1. OK this made me chuckle a bit :) I hope you feel refrehsed, recycled and "feng sui'd" after your efforts!