This sample gives you an understanding of how down-to-earth and teacher-friendly our courses are. There are nine lessons in this valuable course.
Like you, we are teachers who work in today’s classrooms with today’s children. We know you want to courses that will help you deal with day-to-day classroom issues. That’s exactly what we have to offer today’s busy teachers.
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What’s ahead in this lesson?
In this lesson, we’ll help you organize command central—your desk! We’ll help you identify the items to keep at your fingertips. You’ll learn ways to store other important items so they can be retrieved instantly. We’ll show you how to turn your desk into a workspace that is comfortable, efficient to use and personalized.
The concept of a teacher’s desk seems clear enough. Shouldn’t it be a wide open space where a teacher can sit and really get some work done? Can’t you just visualize the neat containers of pens, pencils, scissors and paper clips lined up on the desktop? Of course, the stapler is full of staples and it actually works! Take a peek inside the drawers. Everything is neat, labeled, and easy to find.
How come this concept of what a teacher’s desk should be just doesn’t jive with reality? Almost every teacher’s desk is impossible to actually sit at and use in the way it was intended. The desk is usually piled high with children’s work, papers from the teacher’s box in the office, important notes and file folders, and teacher’s manuals. Supplies are buried under mounds of paper.
What kind of shape is your desk in? Determine if your desk is a candidate for a makeover by answering these questions:
• Before open house or meetings with parents do you resort to the box method for cleaning your desk? The box method consists of sweeping everything from the surface of your desk into a large box. The box is stashed in a closet. The next day you retrieve the box and dump the contents back onto your desk.
- Have you ever felt incredibly hypocritical when chastising students about their messy desks?
- Do you spend time each week madly looking for something that you’ve lost on your desk?
- After school do you work at a table or a student’s desk because your own desk is a complete mess?
If you answered yes to at least two questions above, you are a candidate for a desk makeover! In this lesson we’ll show you some easy ways to organize your desk. Turn your desk into an organized oasis amid your busy classroom!
Analyze Your Needs
You may be getting downright excited to tackle your desk and make some changes. You’ll be happier with the end results if you take the time to analyze your needs and make a plan before you get busy. Before you do anything else take a few minutes to visualize your fantasy desk and workspace. It’s important to keep in mind how you want to use your desk. Zero in on your needs with the help of the checklist below.
At my desk I want to be able to:
_____ meet with parents
_____ work with students
_____ write lesson plans
_____ correct students’ papers
Jot a quick list of everything you hope to gain during your desk makeover. You’ll refer to this list as you set up your new workspace.
You’ve had a chance to visualize a totally transformed desk. Let’s make that fantasy a reality! The first big step is the purge. Take everything off of your desktop and get ready to start asking some questions. Ask yourself these questions as you sort through your desk contents:
- Do I need this?
- Why do I need this?
- Am I really attached to this?
- Is it a duplicate?
- Can this information or object be easily found elsewhere?
- Is this old and outdated?
- Do I have room for this?
- Is it relevant to my current teaching position?
- Is it something that I will really use?
Start making preliminary piles of sorted items. Your piles may consist of:
- things that you access frequently that need to stay in or on your desk
- papers that need to be filed
- things that need to be returned to others
- things that go elsewhere in the classroom
- things that need to be taken home
- items that need to be discarded (We know that it can be difficult to part with things you’ve had forever. Remember your goal is to get rid of clutter in order to save time and make your life easier. If you feel guilty throwing out things you don’t need anymore, take them to the staff room in a box that you’ve labeled “Free”. Teachers tend to be pack rats. Your discards will find new homes quickly!)
Once you’ve sorted through the sea of papers and other objects from your desktop, it’s time to tackle desk drawers one by one. Ask yourself the questions above as you sort drawer contents into your existing piles.
Now, your desk is completely empty. Now that you’ve sorted everything, get rid of your discard pile. You want that pile out of sight as soon as possible. If you stare at it too long you’re bound to start “rescuing” things that you really don’t need.
Throw everything in your take home pile into a box or bag and take it out to your car. Find homes for everything in your pile of things that go elsewhere in the classroom. Put everything that needs to be returned to others in a box near your classroom door…….
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