This article I read was different and it made me realize some interesting personality quirks about myself.
A teacher friend posted this on Facebook and, I must say, I am a Type B teacher. 95% of the way. My class is NEVER messy. I'm pretty picky about surfaces being cleared off by the end of the day and things being organized. But, other than that, I am Type B all the way.
For example, if you read the article, this is where I align...
I usually toss markers in the trash as I'm teaching, because they don't work and I usually let out a frustrated "grrr" while the kids chuckle. For Valentine's Day, a kid bought me a pack of multicolor Expos. There is no greater gift to a teacher. Schools barely supply those things. I buy my own at the beginning of each year when they're on sale.
Only about one weekend a month will I get it together and grade all the papers and do all the paperwork. Usually right before midterms or report cards are due. The last week of school, I was bringing home paperwork each night because I wasn't done. I've really been pushing it to the limit this year.
Oh the copy quotas. It took almost two years in this district for me to get used to it. I never had a copy quota before I came to Colorado. Last year, I ran out of my first semester copies on October 10th and the semester wasn't over until December 18th-ish. It was bare bones for two months there.
I will save the 6 things I need to do on my prep until the last 6 minutes of my prep. Always.
I think that, the longer I teach, the worse my time management gets.
I've not figured out the pencil struggle yet. I HAVE realized that it's because each class is so different; what works for one will NOT work for another. I have to readjust each year. My greatest frustration was that I didn't figure it out this year.
The kids rarely notice anything, but they will notice if the date hasn't been changed the second the walk into the classroom.
This is exactly what my desk looks like all day long, but it will be completely cleared by 3:45.
"Stuff I'm Ignoring"? Yes.
Confiscated toys/things? Yes. I keep them in a ziploc bag in my bottom drawer though.
Memo(s) with acronyms? Yes.
4 beverages? At least.
Examples of my Type B-ness:
My bulletin boards are always seasonally appropriate.
I don't believe in teaching in flip-flops or Ugg boots.
There will never, ever (ever) be debris all over my floor. At the end of each day, I make up some kind of formula from the date and have the kids pick up that many pieces of trash each before they can pack up. For example, May 17 would be 7-1=6, so pick up 6 pieces of trash.
What do you think? Are you Type A or Type B? In the past, in my everyday life, I would've classified myself as Type A. Now, I see myself as more Type B and just being Type A about a few things (floor and car cleanliness and clutter).