Sunday, January 22, 2012

Teacher Work Area~ Clutter-Free Classroom Project: Week #4 Challenge

If you are just joining us, you'll want to start here.
Last week we purged. To clarify, this should be an ongoing process and not something you feel the need to bang out all at once. Feel free to link up to last week's linky as you go along.

And now it's time to start getting organized. Woot! Woot!

This week's challenge is going to focus on the"Teacher's Desk."

Oh, you noticed I put that in quotes? That's because I am a big advocate for trading in your desk for a teacher table or another less intrusive space.

This is my teacher table. While I still have my desk in my classroom (mainly because there is nowhere to store it at school), I use this as my work area instead of my desk. Since I also use it to teach the majority of my lessons, it has to stay clean.


Whatever space in your classroom that you call your home (or your base, or your nest, or your office, or whatever) is what we'll focus on this week.

Create a clutter-free organized workspace for yourself. Once again, baby steps are fine. At the very least strive for a Clutter-Free desktop and create systems for helping you keep it that way.




Don't worry. I've planned some daily tips for the week to help you out.

I'm even planning a few projects for myself that I've been meaning to get to.

Take a good look at your current work surface. How does it rate? Are you a piler or a filer? What do you use your work area for? What type of change would you benefit from.

  • PURGE! I can't say this enough. You don't need 12 pens at your disposal.
  • Look for other options for the items that currently reside on your desktop.
  • Go vertical. Do you have wall space around your desk that you could use?
  • Get magnetic. Use magnetic locker bins (available at the Dollar Store) to hold supplies under the desk.

Last year, I came to the realization that just about everything in my desk was a duplicate of the supplies that I had available to the students in the writing area.

So I merged the two and was able to eliminate the majority of things in/on my desk.

On Friday, I'll put up the Linky Party related to this week's Clutter-Free Classroom PROJECT. The Linky will be ongoing and you can always jump in and link up at anytime. If you don't have a blog you can respond to the prompt in the comment section on Friday's post. Below is this week's prompt. Keep these questions in mind as you take your pictures:

Feel free to use one or all of the following:

Show us photos of your "teacher area."
  • Write about what you like about it.
  • How you would like to change it?
  • What changes did you make to it as part of the Clutter-Free PROJECT Challenge.
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  1. Awesome! I missed last week, but I'm back in action! I can't wait to share my teacher's desk area simply because it's NOT in the middle of the room and it DOESN'T face my students because who sits at their teacher desk anyway?! :o) Excited to link back up with you all!

    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

  2. Ok, I can do this. My desk is not really THAT bad, so I should be able to bang it out during my plan time tomorrow.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  3. I do have a million pens in my desk - time to clean it out! :)
    Teaching With Style!

  4. The teacher's desk area was part of my big plan all along, so I'm jumping for joy this week!

  5. I am the same way... I use the table that I use for small groups to do all of my work! I have a desk in my classroom but all it really has on it is my planbook and things that I need to remember to take home. The drawers are almost completely empty! I just don't keep enough personal things at work to really need all of that... I would much rather use my big table to spread out. And teaching at that table throughout the day forces me to keep it clean, which helps me a lot!


    The Mis-Adventures of a First-Year Teacher


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