Articles for September 2013

Teaching with Less

It is said that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.

IMG_8683It’s the same in our school room; 20% of the materials are used, 80% of the time.  There are curriculum books I have held on to for a decade, they weren’t great for the first child and I doubt that the second time around they have gotten any better.  I have a stack of mimeographed paper with primary lines for basic writing, the stack is still two inches think, we are never going to use it because I hate the purply-blue colored lines.  And the Rose Art markers are horrible.  I haven’t bought new pens, because these are still in excellent shape, but they remain in excellent shape because no one likes to use them.

80% of our school materials are never getting used.  20% of our supplies, curriculum, and books are used all the time and frequently get updated or replaced.

If I cleared out the 80%, what would I do with the extra space that opens up?  Is there anything I have been longing for, but never felt we had the space to set up?  Would there be anyone that would find the 80% rejects as a blessing?

I know 100% of the answer to this question is decluttering, yet 80% of the problem is that I have been procrastinating far too long.

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