I am lost in notebooks and photographs. I need to begin to clear space in my house – well mainly my office. It has two walls of books, a closet with shelves full of supplies for craft projects and notebook after notebook of notes and school plans, and tubs of photos (school related and home).
What do I do this all of this stuff? I was successful at giving most of my teaching materials to my daughter. Thank goodness she joined the “family business” – another teacher. She, however, does not need all my personal notes and project materials. I don’t have grandchildren who might enjoy all of the craft stuff that is quickly aging.
The decision I have made is to close the closet door for now – I will deal with that later. I am now going to tackle the shelf of teacher notes, story ideas and teaching journals. Those ideas and all my photo’s are going into digital files. (This means the boxes and boxes of family photos as well)
I have yet to decide how best to take on this huge task but am excited to go on the history walk of my teaching career. These notebooks hold everything from day to day planning to book ideas.
I have worried about getting rid of the original notebooks but after cleaning out my Mothers house I realize paper fades, molds, collects bugs and to be honest most of the information in these books no longer matters. I don’t need to know the dates and times of field trips taken in 1998. Really!!
I am currently looking at storing the important facts and ideas in Evernote since it can handle photos, I can e-mail from it and scan documents into it. I do wish I had moved to digital journaling a few years back but I am not your digital native (read slow learner here). Paper and pencil have always felt good in my hands.
Things I have been thinking about:
- What program do I store my notes in – Word, Evernote, ???
- Do I just file ideas in a time line? or do I file ideas but content?
- Can I use tags to help me sort and find ideas later?
- Are the sketches in my notebook worth scanning and saving?
- I know that Stacy at Two Writing Teachers wrote about digital notebooks some time last year – will review that for information. http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/electronic-writers-notebooks/
I have a feeling there were be lots of changes and starts and stops until I figure this thing out. It will be an interesting journal as I wait for real spring and my garden to appear from under the snow.
If you have ideas or thoughts that might make this process easier I would love to hear from you!! If you have teacher journals – how are you saving them?, what do you plan to do with them when you retire?, do you have a digital teacher journal process you really like?
Yeah for life long learning, and digital files!
I will have a clean office some day!