Week 4- The Teacher Desk!!! (There should be some loud scary music playing here!)
Jodi gives wonderful tips this week over at The Clutter-Free Classroom, all of which I can't follow. I love pens, different pens, fuzzy pens, feather pens, all colors, etc. The office likes "black or blue," they are so business, business like. I love post-it notes- yes, she does too.
I can't get rid of my teacher desk! (check out my link to week 2 and 3) It is the one area in the room that I call my own. I have my corner set up as my station and hub.
One of the things that I do right on the first day is explain my procedures- hands off my desk. I know it is terrible, but it is a pet-peeve of mine. Students usually are okay with it. I set a station for them and they have lots of materials on hand provided for them- markers, glue, colored pencils, while boards, black sock erasers, expo markers, writing paper, scissors, staplers, hole punchers, highlighters, etc. I label all the drawers as well. I also read one of the other bloggers that posted already saying I keep my own set of supplies so that I don't have to touch markers that have been in mouths and/ or noses. Yuck! I'm not saying that 6th graders would put them up their noses, but I agree with her- power to you and a shout out to Ms. M Check her out!
Jodi even gives reasons for keeping a clean desk which I agree with all of them. I definitely agree with the last one. I have found myself very relaxed this week with a clean desk.
This weeks prompt was the following:
What do I like about it.- Everything. I feel less stressed when I can see the desk.
How would you change it?- well, after reading a few of the tips, I went back to school and tried to clean off even more. I have a bench that the students come to me for one on one. I put away a few of the containers of pencils and clips. I still have a container of pencils, my post-it note apple dispenser, stapler, desktop calendar, and electric hole puncher. I want to get a few more of these off my desk- especially the hole puncher. I'm just waiting to get 2 more book cases.
I'm still making progress and taking baby steps in this wonderful project. I'm enjoying the tasks, the questions, and the reflection. I can't wait to see what is in store for next week.
Have you signed up yet? Come on you can do it!
|This what my desk area looked like before. I had a trash bag that I was purging those files you see under the green container and in the container. I even had stuff on the bench.|
|This is a better picture and I will need to take some closer shots to update this, but I can see the desk- Can't you?|
|An even closer shot of the Student's station.|