Title aside, I'm just wrapping up administrivia for the teaching year. I am awash in a sea of paper. It's all over my desk, littering my other desk, stacked on my equipment table, scattered over the lab benches, stuffed into envelopes and piled high in file boxes. I feel like we should have a pulp and paper mill at the back of the playing fields, just to keep the school supplied with forms and test papers and timetables and calendar dates and process reminders and leaving forms and testimonial applications and deans referals and incident reports and subject schemes and.... Well, you get the idea, right?
Seriously, though, I do my best to get kids to submit their work electronically if we did the work on the computers, because then I can use electronic marking schemes and enter their marks electronically, and I never have to worry about the whereabouts of a thousand pieces of paper. It's great - and I have only ever misplaced one item of student's work this way, when he saved it in a folder I don't usually use with a filename that I would never have thought of.
I wish I was more detail-oriented, really I do. But my detail always comes through as obsessively organised delicious tags and relentlessly sensible filenames and folder organisation and regular defragments and consolidations and all sorts of things. But paper? Not so much.