I don’t spend much time here, in my office. I travel between five schools, so I am mostly in teachers’ classrooms. I feel like I have a comfortable and cozy spot; sometimes, I wish I were here more often.
On my desk, I have a lot of paper. When I receive it at meetings, I really don’t know what to do with it, so it ends up on my desk. In the picture, you can see the stacks of papers. On the papers, I have a magazine open. I will frequently, check my mailbox, find a magazine, read it on my way up to my office and leave it open on my desk so I can come back to it. It is hard to find time to come back to my open magazines, although, I always have good intentions. The paper and the clutter on my desk bothers me, but I never have enough time to deal with it.
If I could take one word and describe my desk, it would have to be clutter. I am not very good with paper, however, as an educator, I feel like I live in a world FULL of paper. Does anyone else ever feel like that? Each day, I walk past the copy room and hear that poor machine chugging away. Somedays, I walk into the copy room, wanting to scan something on the machine and someone is making 200 copies of a packet that is 4 pages front to back and stapled. Oh! Those trees! I frequently go into meetings and receive a paper agenda. Or, worse yet, sometimes, I receive a copied version of the PowerPoint, with space available for note-taking. I’m sure you know what I mean. I look at those small thumbnails of the presentation, the lines off to the right-hand side and I think “why?”
Other than the paper, I am happy with my office space. I love my big window, which lets in a lot of natural light. I love my plexi-glass! I have lists of teachers who are looking for virtual field trips or collaborations. The lists are a constant reminder to me of what or who I should look for.