It’s high time for a view of my desk so that I record what it looks like if only for posterity’s sake.
There’s a few things to note before the desk tour, version 2018:
1) I lean towards minimalistic, utilitarian, styles. There will be no gratuitous photos that look like the Dollar Store threw up on my desk. There’s plenty of those out there – this is not the place for that.
2) It’s January. We all just survived 4 months of school. This is the real deal of how my desk looks on a day-to-day basis (cleaner, actually, it is winter break after all). There will be no desk-decor-porn of the copper and white and marble type.
What will you get? Well, here goes! First, an overview:
I have a relatively small, and ancient, desk. You can tell from the scuffs around the edges that it’s been around the block. Out of 4 drawers, only 3 of them actually work.
Why not get a new desk, you say? A bigger desk? After all, I did get $300 to start my classroom from my first principal. Nah, I say. This desk fits perfectly in the spot between a cabinet and the whiteboard, in a location that is away from student’s curious, prying hands, and where I can access it easily at any time during class. If I got a bigger desk, I’ll have to reconfigure my entire classroom layout just to make it fit.
Also, more storage space = more junk. No thanks.
This is a sideways view of the large, shallow drawer. Because it’s shallow, I like to store small, loose items in it. I especially like the collection of erasers my classroom floor has accumulated over the years. Whenever a student needs a eraser, I’ll pull one of these out for them.
The red index card file holder is for receipts I can use to get my yearly PTA reimbursement money. Or for tax-deduction purposes. The antiseptic towelettes are a no-brainer, curtesy of Cathay Pacific. That’s my personal stash of band-aids (I NEVER tell my students that I have band-aids, if they are actually bleeding, I send them to the health office, and if they aren’t bleeding then they’ll survive). I have no idea where those screws came from, but I know from experience that the moment I throw them away is the moment I discover where they go, so I haven’t gotten rid of them yet. The loose algebra tiles need to be put back into their usual, permanent home.
Here’s the top drawer on the left hand-side. Also for small items, whether they are loose or not, but this drawer is deeper (taller?) so I usually put items that have some sort of ‘stack’ to them here. Like the extra pop-up post-its that I got recently, or the stack of SOAR tickets, I also have some loose twisty-ties and rubber bands (which really should be moved to the shallow drawer, but I like how my shallow drawer is sparse, so that’s why they are here). My old digital camera for taking ‘Super Star Student’ photos is here, even when I haven’t been doing the photo wall this year.
The last working drawer is super deep/tall, and therefore tall things go here. Extra spiral notebooks, labels, manila folders, etc. There’s also a few bottles of paint, a bottle of whiteboard cleaner, and an emergency blanket in here.
That narrow box is a USPS mailing box that I took from the post office for free and covered with white duct tape. I have a few others of the like scattered around my room, mostly in the bookshelf, to organize tall, thin booklets and such.
Daily-use things need to be within reach and in sight for me to be productive, and these red bins are the only desk storage items that I actually bought with money. Everything else I either DIY-ed for pennies, or were hand-me downs that I got for free. Those mugs were gifts, and the clear pen holder was at one point, a jam jar.
The top of the red bins has a photo of last year’s WEB leaders. They were a really good group, and it’s nice to have a reminder on why I’m doing this job in the first place. The koala clip was a gift from an Australian friend, the thank you card from a student, and the penguin contains some hand lotion.
The second level holds all my sticky notes. There’s a lot of sticky note pads that I’m work on finishing so that I can decrease the number of note pads I use at once. I don’t even know how I started so many note pads at once, and it bothers me. It’s like opening a drink, taking a sip, and then putting it aside and opening another of the same drink. It’s wasteful!
The third level has extra stamp pads, my ‘redo show work’ stamp, and a small notebook that my current principal has us use during staff meetings this year.
The bottom level are my stamps and the current stamp pads that I use now. I like to use up an item before I start another one. And yes, having two opened stamp pads would bother me except for the fact that one is larger than the other. The small one I use to stamp binder reminders because it’s easier to hold and I have to walk around to stamp these. The larger, pink one I use at my desk and it typically doesn’t travel unless I have temporarily forgotten where I put the smaller one.
And that’s it for my desk! Did I miss anything that you see but can’t tell what it is or why it’s there? What is your desk like? Leave a comment below!