Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
How I’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame
I should have downloaded you so much sooner. My friends told me how great you were. But I didn’t understand that you are so much more than a notebook.
I spent eight years of teaching endlessly organizing papers. Lesson plans, lesson feedback, presentation dates, grades, attendance…
Warning!: Understatement Ahead
Keeping paperwork together is definitely not my strong suit.
Should I organize my binders by class level or day of the week? Perhaps a mixture – a binder of handouts by level and other notes by day of the week? Where did I note what exercise we stopped on last Tuesday?!
The struggle was real and really, really tiring.
I think I dreamed you into life
I downloaded Evernote while looking for an app where I could create voice-to-text notes.
I still can’t do that. At least, not without “Finish exercise 3 next week” coming out as “Fish excise thee next week”.
BUT Evernote fulfilled my dreams of an nearly binder-free teaching existence.
Evernote makes it a snap for me to organize my lesson plans, quickly write feedback on each lesson as soon as it’s over (even on the tram!), save photos of the sign up sheets for presentation dates, and organize the lot of it by dividing the documents into notebooks or using tags.
I need to know which group of my second-year group 5 students is presenting in week 47? No need to dig through my file cabinet or backpack. I pull out my phone and search “L2G5 presentation”. Ah-ha! There it is.
Not sure how participation was last week in group 3 or what exercises we didn’t have time to finish in group 7? Click, click, BOOM. The answers are always seconds away and synced between my phone, my laptops, and my office computer.
And thanks to this template for an Eisenhower matrix, Evernote is also the To Do List app of my (admittedly boring, grown up) dreams.
Handouts are still unavoidable, but they are the simplest paperwork to organize and having an office with filing cabinet this year has been life changing.
Thinking of all the unnecessary time and energy spent putting pen to paper after paper after paper is a bit infuriating. I’m now determined to take time regularly to just sit, examine my own pain points, and find solutions.
But for now, I am going to get back to work after whispering I love you into Evernote’s little elephant ear a few more times.
I hope you don’t mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world
Thank you, Evernote.