This year I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to start a new program at my school. I am now the Computer Apps teacher. I teach students in grades 6 through 12 the ins and outs of Microsoft Office. I am in a lab setting. Every student has a computer to use in class. I use both Edmodo and Google Classroom right now. I would consider my classroom about 95% paperless. I have students that, for the most part, want to learn what I have the opportunity to teach.
There’s just one small wrinkle.
I am an office supply junkie. For the last 24 years, I have lived for the Back-to-School sales. I revel at the sight of new ink pens and pencils. I have collected rulers and scissors until I have enough for each student. I buy notebook paper by the case. Erasers by the gross. I’m always on the lookout for great pens to use for grading papers.
Now, I don’t need any of those things. A friend of mine started helping me clean out my closet. I had over 20 purple pens. Not surprising since my favorite color is purple. But now I don’t ever NEED to buy another purple pen. I have 2-3 packages of those cap erasers. I won’t even begin to tell you how many boxes of paperclips I have.
Thanks to a Google drive, I don’t even need a thumb drive. I have around 15 of them in various shapes and sizes. When this school year began, I looked fondly through the Back-to-School adds. There wasn’t anything there I needed. My back to school shopping consisted of buying a wireless mouse with a cool purple design on it and one accordion file to hold those forms and documents that the law requires me to have.
I don’t know what will replace my need for office supplies. I still walk down that aisle in the local stores. I longingly look at new pens and notebooks.
Then I look at the “load” I have to carry home each day. I no longer have stacks of paper to lug back and forth. Gone are the fears of losing papers that my students so diligently labored over. No more ink stains in the bottom of my purse.
Ooooh, is that a new highlighter?