Wow, this series is just flying by! Which means...summer is flying by as well. I hope everyone is enjoying traveling, spending time with family and soaking up the sun!
Today I'll be talking about
|Here is the chair just waiting for me on the first day back from summer.|
After I acclimated to this child, let's call him 'Sir Spins A lot 1,' another student decided, "well that looks like fun!" Except, he was more reliant on someone else spinning him! This student enjoys music, which is convenient for him because if he sits in my chair, he can hear the music clearly without having to block out other classroom noises. This student we'll call, 'Sir Spins A lot 2.'
Once Sir Spins A lot 1 & 2 realized they both loved my chair...it became a balancing act to make them both happy for their break and sensory times. I didn't mind my chair being held hostage by my students because I could use it as a reward and it kept me active in the classroom. Then the desire for my chair spread to even more students! Almost every time I turned around a student wanted to sit in it, they wanted to sit next to me while I was in it and help me while I was working. They wanted to even do their work at my desk! I can't so no to that! If they get their work done, I honestly don't care which desk they are sitting at.
|Sir Spins A lot 1 & 2 in action!|
So let's be honest. This chair isn't special. It squeaks. I am fairly certain it is lopsided and there is no telling how dirty it is, but under the maroon fabric you can't even tell.
After being booted out of my desk for three-fourths of the year, I have been thinking...do I really need a my teachers desk? Seriously, I would end up spending 20 minutes every day after school just cleaning the dang thing off from the stacks of papers and items that piled up on it. For example:
|This mess is a little excessive. One kiddo was having a bad day and I was the bad guy. He threw, pushed, and moved every item in my area resulting in the picture above. Now to reorganize everything....|
I just want to thank Sir spins a lot 1 and Sir Spins a lot 2 for leading me on this path of decision making:
To keep my teacher desk or dump it?
I have researched lots of teachers' opinions on this matter and it seems to be a split decision. I could totally use the extra space and I can reorganize and relocate things to make a no-desk decision. I just can't decide!! Here are some links I've used to research thus far:
- Google search results has lots of posts from now to before 2011!
- Getting Rid of my teacher Desk by Kindergarten Works
- I tossed my teacher desk by For the Love of Learning
- Lose the teacher desk by Teaching community
- Organizing a teacher desk / workspace by Clutter-Free Classroom
- Let's get organized: Desk Ideas by The Hands-on Teacher in First!
I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you thought of dumping your desk? If you've done it, what are some Pros & Cons? Would you go back to a desk? I guess I don't need to make the decision any time soon, since school is over a month away, but I would still like some input!
This post is part of my summer series: ABCs of a first year teacher.
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