My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 26, 2013

Minutiae SOLC #26

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minutiae [mɪˈnjuːʃɪˌiː]
pl n sing -tia [-ʃɪə]
small, precise, or trifling details

I am a big picture kind of person.  I can't be relied on to make sure the day-to-day details and important information are in the right place.  I have math skills, but I am truly a right-brained individual.

Paperwork is the enemy.

My husband checked the date, and he reminded me that we need to get our taxes to the accountant.

In doing some research for my "teacher stuff", I found that I didn't renew my International Reading Association membership.  (I thought that was on auto renew!)  I can't remember when I bought my classroom bookshelves.  I always forget to keep track of classroom expenses separate from my household expenses (BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!).

Can I help a student find a great book?  Yes - I'm wired to remember book titles, authors and summaries.

Can I remember pieces I've played in orchestra?  Yes, when I hear them. Don't ask me who wrote the piece.

Today I will try not to feel guilty about what I can't find in the minutiae.  I will conquer the paperwork drawer so I can then celebrate my creativity and work on knitting, music, and reading!


  1. So right there with you. I started taxes (and sliced about it) two weeks ago. I am only a couple of hours from finishing. It's just a matter of making myself do it. And then I will print it. And drive the two hours to my accountant. Because they are do today. And then I will be free! I. HATE. MINUTIAE!

    1. TODAY we put the MINUTIAE in it's PLACE! GO Carol - we will do it together!!!

  2. My lack of recordkeeping drives my husband nuts. I think he finally gave up with me keeping track of mileage for hauling the youth around. I try to stash book receipts in the tax folders as I go through the year, but then he also learns exactly how much I spend on books. Oops!

  3. I'm just the same way, Chris! (In fact, we just had a conversation about me giving my husband the receipts for books I buy for the classroom!) My brain is so full of BIG things (like turning my kids into readers and writers) that it completely ignores those "small" things (like cleaning the house...). Glad I'm not the only one! :-)

  4. And it is just the opposite at our house. I keep track of all the minutia and hubby just goes on his way. It's like pulling teeth to get all of his receipts together.