I was feeling very daring and inspired after attending the Google Apps for Education Ontario Summit. It is the middle of the semester and I turned myself into a first year teacher. After finishing my masters project, I began to exam my teaching materials and realized that they needed updating. As an educator, I find myself muttering this to myself constantly. More frequently, during this process, I “get busy” and “distracted” and it’s a new year. I sat at my desk and decided drastic measures were necessary. I wheeled down one the large recycling bins and began to purge without back up materials. It was exhilarating as I watch my bookshelf empty and the recycling bin fill. The next day, a new feeling settled over me—panic. My bookshelf was empty; my binders were empty. I had stripped my resources to the bare bones.
After taking a deep breath, I realized that it wasn’t really that bad. I had a fabulous opportunity to create new current and creative resources to better meet the needs of my students. I do have to be honest that my workload has increased with the building of new teaching materials, but I find that they are better at engaging my students both in and out of the classroom.