I went into my classroom today, to work on decluttering. I thought, with the garage sale coming up, there might be items there I could part with. I think I'm much more of a hoarder at school. (I think most teachers are, but maybe that is just me trying to feel better about my own tendencies.)
So I opened the "toy cupboard", a place where students can look for quiet games and books when they are done with a quiz early.
|before: maybe a bit cluttered|
I decided to open up and really assess. Many of these books I have had for years. Titles that were appealing-- "Math Wizardry for Kids" or "Overcoming Math Anxiety"-- but that didn't get used. My goal was to cut the number of reference-style books in half.
|after: there's even room for a decorative mug of bookmarks!|
|the discard pile|