What do you keep in your desk???

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  1. loves2teach

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    Hi,

    It has been a while since we had a thread like this... Thought with back to school time it would be great to bring it back up.

    Friday I completely reorganized my desk. Everything is neat and tidy (for about a minute :lol: ). I put all my office supplies in containers, with labels. You should see it, it is beautiful! (says the ocd part of me :blush: )

    By doing this, I finally have a drawer available for "personal items".

    So.... what is a necessity in your desk? Can be for you, or for the kids.

    Here is what I have
    -paper clips
    -velcro
    -o-rings
    -butterfly clips
    -magnetic clips
    -other various clips (small clothes pins etc)
    -magnet tape
    -note pads
    -stickers
    -Sharpies (regular & fine tip)
    -vis a vis pens
    -rubber bands
    -staples (for all three, regular, heavy duty, and staple gun)
    -3 hole punch
    -brads
    -my pens
    -tape (masking, mailing, and scotch)
    -ruler
    -nail clippers
    -homework passes
    -index cards
    -page markers
    -post its
    -erasers
    -zip ties
    -correction tape (this is a must!)
    -highlighters
    -stamps for the kids papers

    I am planning on buying:
    -tide to go pen (lifesaver!!!)
    -advil
    -feminine supplies
    -cheapo calculator
    -safety pins
    -various snacks for me

    Sooooo... anything to add to the list?
     
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  3. MissFroggy

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    Nothing to add... we have about the same things.

    I have a cupboard with most of my supplies in it... and the rest are out for the kids and myself to use.

    My top drawer opens, the others kind of lock.... my top drawer is for the hand outs and lessons for the day, week. I will keep them all there handy and ready to go.

    Middle drawer:
    mouthwash
    feminine stuff
    hairbands and a brush
    advil, tums, and any other meds.

    Bottom drawer:
    my purse or anything else of value.

    On top of my desk- computer and piles of papers... sad, but this has been how it always is.

    I actually haven't used this desk yet. I am only starting to organize it. It's a 1950's small secretary desk, but I think it is really cool. They were going to buy me a new desk, but I found this one in the school basement and wanted it instead. I liked the design. Anyway, in order to open the second drawer, you have to open to top drawer, in order to open the bottom drawer, the other two have to be open. It's easy to figure out, but does provide some security. I have never had a kid snatch anything and I used to hang my purse on my chair. At summer school this year, the AP had her purse stolen... so now I will be more careful.
     
  4. giraffe326

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    Band Aids!!! And in an easy to find spot. I hate being a substitute and someone needs a band aid and I can't find it. I feel like I'm snooping!
     
  5. deserttrumpet

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    grease pencils
    paper clips
    sub folder
    envelopes
    thank you notes
    file folders
    thumb tacks
    safety pin
    rubber bands
    pennies (Flip a coin exercises)
    A dollar or two for when you need it
    Number 2 pencils for test days
    A quick snack
    Date stamp

    I make my own scratch pads – any papers that can’t be used (from the excessive junk that is sent from the office to bad copies). I just cut the paper into quarters and leave it in a pile on my desk. Cheaper than post its (use those too, though)
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    Here's what I keep in my desk . . .

    top left drawer: dry erase markers, chart markers, post-it notes, empty "catch all" basket

    middle left drawer: index card box, pencils, ink pens (black), ink pens (colors), rubber bands

    bottom left drawer: 3-hole punch, disposable camera, white-out, matches, paint markers, and a bunch of extra space

    middle drawer: two sizes of paper clips, change, staple remover, ruler, scissors, box cutter, favorite pencil, eraser, favorite pen, chapstick, nail clippers, nail file

    top right drawer: salt shaker, mints, most-used rubber stamps, remotes, and a couple of empty baskets

    bottom right drawer: purse, slippers, snack

    I have several plastic drawer units in my closet where I put all of my extra office supplies, things I don't use much, first aid supplies, and personal items.
     
  7. WindyCityGal606

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    Gasp!!:eek: Np Post-It's? I'd just die!!! I am the post-it Queen!! All colors, shapes, and sizes!! Have you seen the ones for using with Reading...they have categories for Think Aloud Strategies...mini graphic organizers!!!!! YAY!! That stick onto the page!!:up:
     
  8. nicknbeccarock

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    Where do you get the post-its for reading?
     
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    Staples has them!!
     
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    I have a lot of what has already been mentioned, but also...
    small tooth brush/paste and dental floss
    small mirror
    hole reinforcers
    one hole punch
    glue gun and glue stick
    cough drops (I have allergies)
    baby wipes
    hand sanitizer
    hand lotion
    lip gloss/chapstick
    breath mints
    digital camera to take pix of student projects and post on web or
    print out for student portfolios
     
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    I try to only keep things which I use frequently. This means that I generally have these things in my desk:

    Plastic school box with pens, markers, and pencils
    Eraser
    Passes (corridor, nurse)
    Paper, binder, and butterfly clips
    Scissors
    Stickers
    Calculator
    Cough drops
    Tampons, pads
    Excedrin
    Body spray
    Lotion
    Chapstick
    Gum
    Compact mirror
    Sewing kit
    Travel manicure set (nail clippers, etc)
    Plain envelopes
    Folder for confiscated notes***
    Folder for things from students which make me smile (cards, etc)

    I keep all my extra/bulk supplies in a cabinet. These would include things like crayons, markers, extra tape, rubber bands, etc. I figure that they don't need to take up space in my desk until I need to use them.


    *** This might sound totally mean and immature, but I always read confiscated and found notes. Often I bring them to the faculty lounge on our lunch break and one of the art teachers reads the notes in a Shakespearean accent. It's friggin' hilarious! Imagine Hamlet saying "I luv u, boo. Let nothing stand in between our love except Latex."

    Oh, and even if I didn't make fun of the notes, I do think it's important to at least glance at the content. Once I read in a note that one of my students was considering suicide because her boyfriend had just dumped her.
     
  12. paperheart

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    Here's mine:
    Long thin drawer--don't use it. It sticks or squeeks or something.
    top drawer on right: a few expo markers, a pen or two,my embroidery floss container with odds and ends, not much else really.

    2nd drawer on left: snacks

    bottom drawer: never know what files to put in there. I have two filing cabinets. It winds up being the drawer I put clutter into.

    boy that's sad. Think I need to work on my desk organization a bit!

    I do keep a lot of items off my desk (except for the mass chaos of papers that I am trying to fix for next year.) most pens, my timer, my stapler, my 3 hole punch, paper clip dispenser, and memo cube (with the cut up paper like desserttrumpet) go in an organizer that was on top of my filing cabinet last year.)

    This year I am adding a computer desk (used to use a table the kids also had access to) that another teacher gave me. I am going to form a little office to corral my teacher stuff between the computer desk, my desk, and the two filing cabinets. I am trying to maximize my efficiency this year by REALLY getting organized.
     
  13. loves2teach

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    I found something else to add to my desk- wrinkle remover. That stuff is a life saver!

    I keep everything in my desk because my cabinets are across the room. I would never use it if it was over there!
     
  14. Ima Teacher

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    I'm glad to know we're not the only ones who do that. :lol:
     
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    OMG that's freagin hilarious. the Shakespeare accent is killing me :toofunny:
     
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    Just think, 40 years ago someone might have said...in my desk I keep a bottle of whiskey and a coffee cup!! LOL
     
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    I'm keeping a stick of deodorant in my desk this year... I don't know how many times I raced out of the house last year (already running late, of course) and had to turn back around for deodorant!
     
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    I didn't bother to read the notes but did keep them for documentation if a parent came in. One day my husband came in to visit and he read some of the notes out loud. Oh my gosh--too funny!!

    The best one though was just one word long. Apparently I had confiscated a note that was really a small square of Pop Tart wrapped in a paper that said, "Hungry?". haha
     
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    I'm a little surprised because so far, no one has mentioned emery boards (for chipped or broken fingernails) and sortquick (wonderful stuff you put on your fingers so that you can sort or pick up single sheets of paper easily). Not having a desk or classroom yet, those are the only 2 things I could think of not mentioned yet.
     
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    My desk

    Along with the typical classroom items, I keep the following personal items in my locked desk drawer:

    hand lotion
    hand sanitizer
    chapstick
    mints
    Tampax
    deodorant
    emery boards
    small bottle of spray from Bath and Body Works
    safety pins
    flats (for when a shoe breaks or is too uncomfortable)
    hair bands
     

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