Anyone who has known me since childhood (and fortunately for me, that number is limited to just one or two folks outside of my immediate family) will tell you about how, as a kid, one of my favorite “games” to play was “Office.” Indeed, I played “Office” like many children play “House.” The constant influx of various pieces of stationery, void checks, stamps, forms, and used paper from my dad’s church office as well as my maternal grandparents’ seemingly bottomless supply of such things made it that much easier.
My obsession with all things office-related has persisted; my former boss can tell you how much I enjoyed placing our semi-regular orders with Staples, and I imagine my replacement at the office is still trying to figure out what exactly to do with an automatic numbering machine or the easel and white board that I insisted on procuring.
While I will likely never exhaust the tub of binder clips that sits on my desk at home (then again, my dissertation is a-comin’, so anything is possible!), one of my favorite tools is my Dymo LabelWriter 450 which I primarily use with my Endicia for Mac postage software–but I’ve recently discovered another useful trick for small plain labels which I can print using the Dymo LabelWriter software.
I bought a roll of 1-1/4 x 2-1/4″ labels for the printer (on eBay–they’re shockingly inexpensive that way), and when I grade student papers, I will use a label (upon which is printed some relevant snippet of information pertaining to the assignment, or some other little reminder) to fold a corner over the grade and to secure the corner in place. That way, the assignments can be handed back without any fear of other students peeking at classmates’ grades, and the students are more likely to read the label before ripping through it to see their grades–at least that’s the idea.