Hey fellow educators! Are you thinking about ditching your teacher desk? I'm sure it's crossed your mind but you still wonder:
- How will I stay organized?
- Where will I have 'space' to work?
I'm here to share my experience of ditching my desk and to answer how I stayed organized and became flexible in my 'work space.' I must say, this may not be for you...but it doesn't hurt to try! If you aren't completely sold on getting rid of your desk, keep it in your room and use it for a station or check-in for students. You will still have it available and can switch back if you change your mind.
I ditched my desk because...
Without my teacher desk I can:
- consistently monitor and engage with students in various locations
- sort, organize, file papers immediately when I receive/print them
- accurately organize incoming paperwork (Back to school forms, IEP forms, etc.)
- accurately organize outgoing paperwork (Back to school forms, IEP forms, etc.)
- allow my students to lead and use technology (smart board, wireless keyboard, switches etc.)
- be flexible and mobile with my work (work in different locations around the room
My No-teacher desk setup:
|I use a teacher toolbox to hold all office supplies and my paras have access to it and students (if they ask) I store all of my personal stuff and + reinforcers in a lockable filing cabinet.|
|1) School passes, nurse pass, cafeteria money envelopes, 2) "TURN IN" folders for attendance, counselor, LSSP/Coordinator, coach and Related Services, 3) "COPY" 2 folders for the copy bin that are titled: 'Need copies' & 'copied'|
I also use The Autism Helper's Turn It in system.
|I store all of my ARD paperwork in a metal filer (above). You can read about my meeting prep in my previous post. I also have a green folder that 'travels' with me during the ARD/IEPs and holds the notice, transition survey, etc.|
If you have any questions about my setup, please leave a comment below or find me on any of my social media! Until next time,