As you know, you are given stacks of paper throughout a school year. I actually wonder how many trees one building goes through in one school year. What you do with any piece of paper the first time it goes through your hands is very important. I encourage my students to make sure that they have a system when it comes to their papers. I cringe when I see a student pull out a crumpled piece of paper that may or may not have been important. I don’t like seeing a piece of paper wrinkled at the edges because a student left it in a book in their book bag. You don’t have to be kicking yourself in your science class because you left your science homework in you math folder.
All you need to do is put things back where they belong once you finish with them. History papers go into your folder labeled, “History”. Algebra papers go into your folder labeled, “Algebra”. It is not difficult. I guarantee that this will save you time and energy. Keeping all your papers in their proper place only takes discipline. Discipline is a matter of doing things the same way on a consistent basis. That is how we form habits. The challenge is that no one can make you create this system and stick with it. The choice is yours.
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