My biggest struggle in my job at the moment is organization. I am currently working in a position that deals with excessive amounts of paperwork. I am a special education teacher so I constantly have a flow of reports and IEPs that I am writing or referencing, I also have to keep work samples for my students so that I can provide evidence of their growth, and I reference it when I’m writing their progress reports at the end of each term. Also, since I work in inclusion, I have homework assignments, tests and quizzes, and other papers for each of their classes that I use for different reasons.
Keeping all of this neat and straight is where I struggle. Each year I try different approaches. I’ve used binders, magazine holders, folders, letter trays, and this year I seem to be using a mix of all four. Yet, I feel like I am always swimming in a mess of papers. I feel like somewhere out there, there is a solution to my messy paper problem and I just need to find it.
Another part of the problem is that I am in an office and not a classroom. The classroom teachers have cabinets galore, and a separate table for their computer and I have very minimal furniture. I have one desk, a bookshelf, and a filing cabinet. So I have limited surfaces to put organization tools on. Right now my computer takes up most of my desk, and the top of my small, two-shelf bookshelf is where I keep my papers that I need handy and don’t want put away in my bookshelf.
I am always in the market for more organizational tools. Let me know in the comments how you do things! I would love for some fresh ideas!