My goal for that weekend was to get everything completely done and ready for Monday - Wednesday so this past week wouldn't be as stressful. To motivate myself, I wrote out my to-do list on the dry erase board. My students enjoy doing math a lot more on our dry erase boards, so I figured I would have more fun tackling my to do list if it was on the dry erase board.
|My To Do List|
One thing I did was to clean off my desk. My desk and I are constantly at battle. I want to have a clean desk. I really do. But, flat surfaces have a tendency to not remain so empty in my classroom.
|My CLEAN(er) Desk!|
While working on cleaning my desk, I had an epiphany. Maybe if I had less stuff on my desk, it would be easier to keep clean. It sounded like a good idea, but what should I do about all the stuff I use regularly? I didn't really want to put my stapler and tape dispenser in a drawer. My first epiphany was followed by a more minor epiphany. Hello, Sarah! You have an entire wall of windows in your classroom. And, there is a ledge in front of the windows. Why don't you put the stuff you use all the time on the ledge instead of your desk?
|Window Sill of Supplies|
Student: WOAH! You cleaned your desk!
Me: Yes, I did. Are you impressed?
Student: Yes. Now, I'll really freak out if you have ALL of our papers graded!
Student: Hello, Ms. "Finally Cleaned Your Desk."
Student: That's what I'm going to start calling you.
Another Teacher: There's something missing here. What used to sit here? I know there used to be something here! Where'd it go?
Me: I cleaned my desk off this weekend.
Teacher: Oh, that's it. That explains it.
Student: You rearranged your desk. Is that so you can have a longer cocaine line?
If you want to see why this is such a big deal, let's flash back to a few weeks ago.
I think those pictures are worth a thousand words.