Thursday, January 26, 2012

Alternatives to a Teacher Desk

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I primarily use my teacher table as my workspace. I love that it is large and allows me to spread out when planning. I also like that it accommodates others so that my partner teacher can sit and plan with me.

I added a table skirt to it for two reasons. First, it dresses it up and adds to the feel of the the classroom. Second, it provides me with hidden storage underneath. I think it is a great alternative to a traditional desk.

Here’s how I stay organized without a desk:


I moved all of my supplies to areas where the students can also access them. The majority of them were duplicates. By that I mean, they had some in the writing area and I had some in a desk drawer. The only exceptions to this rule are my colored Sharpies and my “Big Girl Scissors.” My friends know that those two things are for “teacher hands only.” Everything else is fair game.


I used to use stacking trays. They functioned very well, but had a footprint. I loved the idea of a file tote that I could easily transport and was thisclosetobuyingone. But then I realized that my current school bag had more than enough room to serve this same purpose. I keep an orange folder inside that is my “inbox and outbox.” I place items that need my attention on the left and shift them to the right when they are completed. I have a red folder for copies. I use a plastic expandable folder (from the Target Dollar Spot) for student work that needs to be corrected.

Between those items and my Teacher Organization Binder, I have everything I need with my at all times.

I keep it under my teacher table.

I bring it with me to the workroom when I need to make copies. Not only are my copy masters handy, but I can grade papers or work on my plans while the machine is running.

I have everything I need at home. I have everything I need at school.


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