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As you know from last week’s post,  this summer I started a series highlighting classroom organization ideas.  This is perfect for not only classroom ideas but also teacher organization ideas. WOW!  There are some amazing ideas out there. Teachers are some of the most organized people on Earth! 🙂

I really wanted to round up posts just like some of my favorite crafty blogs like Tatertots and Jello.  I completely trust the author of the blog, Jen, to bring me some simple and fun crafts & decorating ideas.  After pinterest, her blog is one of my go-to sources.  So, I thought I’d do the same for you. In this post, I thought I’d share some teacher desk ideas.

Specifically, ideas on organizing your teacher area.  Oh ya!

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com


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Do you have a traditional teacher desk? Are you thinking about your classroom set-up for next year?  In my first year of teaching, back in 2000 (wow-some of you were probably in elementary school —-as students-ha), my principal wouldn’t allow a teacher desk.  He said I would probably never sit down during the day unless I’m working with students so it was just taking up space. I looked at him like he was cRaZy! However, I have to say, when thinking about a classroom for success–I wholeheartedly agree with him….even after 11 years of teaching.

Did I ever sit?  Sure, I did.  During small group time. Did I need a table?  You bet.  I LOVED spreading out all my stuff on the kidney table.  It was perfect. And I kept my personal items on the shelves behind me.  I always had a place to come to at the end of the day.  After looking at a TON of pictures from you amazing teachers, it looks like your classroom arrangement doesn’t include a traditional teacher desk either.  Now, some of you can’t remove your desk.  That’s ok, use it for storage and a place to set everything up for the day.  The main reason I always taught without it, is because it freed up more space in the classroom environment.  You know, depending on the grade level, the kids take up a lot of space-ha!

So, here are 21 ideas for your teacher area. Even the teacher can join in the fun of a “deskless classroom” and “flexible seating”. I also included images of classrooms WITH traditional desks.  I am sure many, many of you don’t have a choice so I wanted to share options for you too. 🙂

If you hop over to another teacher’s blog…leave them a comment…we all love knowing there aren’t just crickets out there.

In no particular order:
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Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

1. Using the kidney table and those fabulous milk crates from Kindergarten Khronicles

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

2. Using a cabinet for storage from Third Grade Thinkers

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

3.  A little DIY Project for your supplies from Pre-KPages

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

4.  Covering your teacher desk with fabric from First Grade Glitter and Giggles

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

5.  Have a chandelier displaying cards or other important notes over your desk from The Cornerstone for Teachers

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

6.  Chair pockets ready to go for students when they come to meet with you from Simplify and Teach

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

7.  Storage behind teacher desk from The Resourceful Room

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

8.  L-shaped desk from One-Extra Degree

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

9. Team Teaching desks and file boxes on top of desk from A Day in the Life of a Classroom Teacher

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

10. Label, Label, Label from The Creative Chalkboard

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

11.  Small desk adjacent to teacher desk for projector from Life in First Grade

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

12.  Small trapezoid table instead of teacher desk or kidney table from Emily Stuff

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

13. Labeling all the small drawers from Ladybug Teacher Files

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

14. Keeping frequently used worksheets close by from Adventures in Teaching

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

15. Idea for a built in desk from The Teacher Diva

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

16. close up of labels for supplies from The Teacher Diva 

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

17.  Putting important papers in binders from The Autism Helper

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

18.  Putting the projector on the teacher desk from What Happens in 2nd Grade

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

19. Using stackable drawers behind teacher desk and a rolling cart from Teaming Up to Teach

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

20.  Having a refrigerator behind teacher desk from Controlling My Chaos

Organizing Your Teacher Area from www.amodernteacher.com

21.  Using furniture from IKEA from Falling into First

Do you have a post on teacher desk ideas?  Share the link in the comments below.  I’d love to share more ideas!

If you are looking to organize ALLLLLL your teacher paperwork, instead of having it stack on top of your desk, check out my TEACHER BINDER BUNDLE! It is going to set you up for maximum paper organization!

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xo, April