I do a ton of group work, and I number my groups.
This is what I see when I am at my desk. My school is in a not so great area, so that explains the bars on the windows.
I have seen a lot of teachers in blog land getting rid of their desk space, and all I can think is, how is that even possible? When I have students in my room, its not like I spend a ton of time back there, but I can't imagine not having that space.
This is my week's lesson plans. Each Friday I put in the plans for the next week in each folder. The folder holder is actually a dish drainer.
This is either side of my white board in the front of the room. On the left is where students go to get their make up work after being absent. On the right is where students turn in their exit tickets (by group number) and the score card for our class competition.
This cabinet will get a post all it's own, but this right by our exit door. The trays are where students turn in work, and the board is where grades are posted.
The zebra print you see all over the classroom is actually a sheet set from Walmart. I knew I wanted to cover my bulletin boards with fabric this year, and the sheet set was the cheapest way to do it. I used a full flat sheet for the boards, and the pillow cases became the "valences" over my windows. I still have the fitted sheet to do what ever I want.
If you are a teacher, do you theme your classroom? Is it selfish of my to keep my space in my classroom?