I saw this blog post by Austin Kleon that talks about the clipboards over his desk and what he uses them for. It started as a design idea his wife saw on Pinterest, that turned into his trying to figure out what he could put on those clipboards to make his workspace more productive or organized. I guess organized production is what his desk space would say about him.
I was looking at my own desk space that I stare at when I don’t shift my chair 45 degrees counter clockwise so I can write on the larger part of my desk or have conferences with other people or just stare out the door of my little office. I basically have just enough room to stare at my computer, my headphones are usually plugged in so I can listen to Spotify while I work, I have my tea, coffee, sometimes both on my right (because I’m left handed which means that I tend to grab things with my left so the accessories go on the right. I have a bottle of germ-x next to my little container of drawers for doo hickeys and toys. The green thing on the far left is actually where my cell phone sits. The bulletin board consists of 4 calendars, one list of teachers broken up by the three evaluators (I’m one) as well as their open periods. The 4 calendars are September with the meetings, observations that I planned for but that will be “pop ins” for teachers. I also have one for October with the same thing. I am almost never more than 2 months ahead on the minutiae month calendars. The third calendar is a daily rotating schedule calendar (we have 6 daily rotating calendars: odd day, even day, early release Wednesday odd, early release Wednesday even, Friday odd, Friday even). My last calendar is the attendance calendar that says what kind of day it is for the whole year (1 through 8, big run day, early release, founderʻs day, May day, faculty work day, holiday, in-service day and student led conference day.
I guess my desk says that in order to be organized, for me, I need to lock myself into a small space with no windows for distraction except for a yellow and orange noise-making hammer with bubble inside and a long rubbery mega eraser. Also, if I drink a lot, then it forces me to stand up at least every hour to go to the bathroom so that I’m not sitting on my butt all day.
Sigh. I used to be a teacher with kids who made me laugh everyday. Sigh.
I now have a curiosity to venture out and look at other people’s classrooms and teacher desks and see what I think it says about them.