Sittin on desktops

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  1. GemStone

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    I know this is minor in the scheme of things, but I get pretty grossed out when I see adults sitting on student desktops. There is one para in particulat who does this all the time. Whenever the kids are on yhe carpet, she plops her behind on a desktop.

    I feel no matter how clean you are, that's pretty gross.

    I guess this is a minor vent.
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    If she's not naked or something, I don't see how it's any worse than propping a clothed elbow on a desk....
     
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    Their bare hands are SO much dirtier than their pants.
     
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    Interesting that you are grossed out about a teachers clothed behind resting on a desk but not the fact that kids are required to sit on a carpet that has been trampled on by lots and lots of feet that probably walked through all types of feces and other disgusting things and require them to sit where others have placed their behinds before. You know kids touch the carpet when they are sitting there.

    I'm confused why it is more disgusting that a clothed behind is on a desk than what is being required of the kids on the carpet: behinds, feces, dirt, spit, etc.
     
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    Guilty!

    I don't sit on student desks, but I do have a couple of extra desks in the classroom that I do sit on occasionally.
     
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    I'm missing the gross component. ?
     
  8. GemStone

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    I never thought about the carpet. That's now gross, too, lol.

    The butts are just gross to me. YMMV. The kids eat snacks at their desks where an adult behind was just sitting.
     
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    Gross? No, not in my opinion.

    It sounds like it's more of a pet peeve of yours than anything else.
     
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    I don't think it's gross. I did it when I was teaching.
     
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    The entire classroom is a hotbed of germ activity, if you ask me. I'm kind of a germaphobe, though, and disinfected desktops every day in my room. I agree that hands are the most germ-filled parts, though.
     
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    I saw an episode of Penn and Teller's Bulls**t on this topic. They did bacterial swabs of people's hands and their butts. MUCH more bacteria on the hands, even after using the restroom.
     
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    Seriously, what percentage of kids actually washes their hands, or does it effectively? Probably low, I'd think.
     
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    So very true. I'm not a germophobe, but I was pretty "icked-out" when we were more than two weeks into the school year before one of my boys told me that the water in the sink in the boys bathroom didn't work (and hadn't since day one) :eek:.
     
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    I don't think sitting on a student desk is gross, but I just never did it...not my style. I'm more concerned with getting my clothes dirty since kids like to write on their desks with pencils, use glue, etc.
     
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    Not gross to me. At all.
     
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    Gross? Nah. I still don't let the students do it. But more because I don't want them breaking the desks!
     
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    My mother used to say, "Tables are for glasses, not for little a**es." It wasn't about germs but about the way the furniture was built. it wasn't designed for heavy weight sitting on top of it.

    Now, this didn't apply to me because mine was never little!
     
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    I don't find it gross at all. I rarely sit on my student's desks due to fact that they are old and I wouldn't want one to break under me but I do sit on my table every now and then.

    With all of the nose picking, finger licking and pencils that have been sucked on/bitten that someone sitting on a desk is not the grossest thing that happens to a desk.:lol:
     
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    I've been known to perch on tables in order to be more visible.
     
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    I'm completely guilty. I sit on desks ALL the time. I don't usually sit on them while a student is sitting at that desk, but I will sit on an empty desk, and talk to a student, or sit on one of my desks that I just have around the room. It's just comfy.

    Though I do keep my butt clothed, so I don't see the problem.
     
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    Thank goodness! I was worried there for a minute. :D
     
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    Clearly an explanation a posteriori.
     
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    3rd graders are disgustingly filthy little people. If the grossest thing about any of their desks is ever the fact that somebody (fully clothed) sat on it, I'd consider it almost a miracle. I'd be far more worried about the seat of my pants getting dirty from their desks than the other way around!
     
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    I would be more bothered by the fact that it's just bad manners. I'm constantly telling my kids to stay off the furniture and I try to lead by example.
     
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    How many of you think it is weird that I won't sit on my furniture at home after I have sat on anything outside the house? I change my clothes as soon as I get in the door.
     
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    Reminds me of Mr. Rogers and his ritual of having inside and outside clothes and shoes. Nothing wrong with Mr. Rogers!
     
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    Nope, not a thing!
     
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    I´m absolutely guilty of doing that myself. I can see why, though, you would find it disgusting if the kids are eating snacks at their desk. I think it´s the idea of it that disgusts you.
     
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    Oh, you'd probably die in my classroom. Sometimes when the students are really well behaved, I let them sit on the desks and we play a math game. We do use plenty of clorox wipes in the room after school.

    We have lots of hand sanitizer for those who forget that their hands are not Kleenex. That is a larger concern for me.

    I have a very low absence rate for my students in my classroom, and I only get sick about once every 3 years, so I think my classroom is fine. I guess you can see I don't see anything wrong with it.
     
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    It's an everyday occurrence for me to sit on student desks in my classroom. Fortunately, my kiddos haven't asked if they could join in on the fun yet!
     
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    It doesn't always go without saying! :lol:
     

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