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Rearrange Your Desk Area



If you’re constantly doing laps around the classroom because your materials are stored all over the room, consider rearranging your desk area.

Take a section of the room just for yourself, so the rest of the classroom is available for students. Select an area with as much shelving as possible so your teacher’s manuals, binders, extra office/school supplies, and plastic organizers are easily accessible. By utilizing storage areas behind and next to your desk, you can keep your desk clutter-free.

About the Author

Angela Powell has been an educator for nine years. She worked for the first five years of her career in Washington, D.C., and currently teaches third grade in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Powell, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Art from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College, earned National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2006. She continues to maintain Ms. Powell’s Management Ideas for Teachers, a Web site she created in 2003, to share teaching techniques, behavior management strategies, and organizational tips that can help make teaching more efficient, effective, and enjoyable.

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