Remember that old commercial that ended with "...and I'm worth it"? It was for hair color, if I remember correctly. Well, sometimes teachers need to remember that line. We do everything with our students in mind. We plan, learn, teach, reteach, test, grade, counsel, and guide. We give up our lunch hours for intervention, stay late for tutoring, and spend hours learning to use technology. I could go on and on.
But how often do we do something for ourselves? Just because it makes us smile? I've decided to do that now. My eyes have been opened to how truly ugly my binders are. I have measured the binders I have (See my last post.) I have thrown out the ones that are broken and majorly icky. Now it's time to begin the beautification process. Yay!
I have resigned myself to the fact that binders are no uniform sizes, and I cannot afford to buy all new ones (have you seen how much they cost?!?)
These are the spine width sizes I need to make them work:
- half inch
- one inch
- one-and-a-half inch
- one-and-three-quarter inch
- two inch and larger, depending on how you cut them
Then we put one in a two-inch binder cover. And this is what we saw:
So I made a few adjustments to my file, and now we had strips of the same paper to fill up the binder cover. It doesn't always match perfectly, but it blends, and it takes away the white borders. You can cover the white lines that are on the edge of the cover page (as in the picture above), or you can let them show (as in the blue binder picture to the left).
Here's the secret... you print only one spine on a page, leaving the rest to be used for the borders! (The only negative I see is the use of extra ink, but in our case we felt it was worth it.)
And there you have it. Beautiful binders that are filled to the edges, and five sizes of spines to choose from. Next time I'll tell you how to get a set for free. Because sometimes teachers need a reason to smile.