Office Space

So, if you didn't know (but let's be honest, you probably did), I am a traveling teacher. 5 classes and 3 classrooms - down from 6 classes and 6 rooms last year. And so, as a traveler, my home base is an incredibly important location. My desk sits in the teacher planning room and is a highly organized and neatly decorated space that will both inspire me and keep me on track for success.

Last year, my space stayed relatively bland, but this year, I got started in August before the year even started and made sure that my space reflects who I am as a person and who I am as a teacher. When I first entered the room, it was a mess. So, first step was to get the room back in order...

Chairs in the middle of the room, recycling bin on the counter and where did the tv even come from?
It's a good thing I own a vacuum...
Sweet! Easy access to my computer!
Restoring order to the lunch area
I know it is blurry, but can we admire the clean carpet?
Order in the back half of the room is also restored! (#iphonephotosfingerhazard)
Genius poetry up, computer ready to go, and yes - that is a replica of the Pantheon from one of my amazing students from last year
Organized shelves
That was all of the progress I made the week before school. I spent a few hours at school one morning and it felt amazing to get organized and get a head start on setting up my area. I am the only teacher in my wing without a permanent classroom and so I have the most freedom when it comes to desk space in the teacher planning room.

Flash forward a week later to day one and my desk momentarily became a dumping ground before I was fully set up and ready for students to start the next day.

Things were definitely looking a bit messy for a moment...
But then they got all cleaned up! 
I am absolutely loving my desk set up this year. I love my dry erase world map (less than $20 at Michael's with a 40% off coupon) and my other pictures and mementos. They inspire me and motivate me each and every day. 

Since the first day of school, my desk has evolved a bit, and currently the space looks like this...

My desk in full swing of the school year - complete with piles of graded work to hand back, a filled bulletin board, a pumpkin to celebrate Halloween, and a space for my brand new cart! 
A close-up of my desk surface. It isn't super streamlined, but it is highly organized and everything is in its proper place.
And in exciting news - I got a cart! My cart allows me to move as seamlessly as possible between classrooms. I keep everything for the week for all of my classes with me at one time and now I also have lined paper, tissues, hand sanitizer and expo markers for each of the rooms that I use. It has made a huge difference.

How do you organize your work office space? Any traveling teachers out there? What works for you and what doesn't? I'm always on the lookout to make things easier for me, and even more importantly - for my students!




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