Guys, I'm not the most organized person. I'm really not that organized at all.
My desk regularly looks like this:
Do you see those two calculators in the center of the picture? Students brought them to me because the screens were doing something wonky. I need to try and reset them to fix this. Or maybe they just need new batteries.
This happens all the time. I usually tell students to just give me the calculator and grab a different one. I set the calculator on my desk with the best of intentions of fixing it. A few days go by, and I start to forget why that calculator is sitting on my desk. In a desk cleaning spree, I will put it back in a calculator pocket.
My desk looks cleaner, but soon a student tries to use it again and the whole process starts all over again.
Not any more.
I took an empty plastic tub and labeled it "Calculator Hospital." Dead/sick/dying calculators now have a designated place to go.
Now, why didn't I think of this sooner???
Oh, and don't worry. My desk looks much cleaner now. At least for a little bit...