I have been thinking for a long time that a picture of a teacher’s desk can offer interesting, nuanced insight into what makes us unique as teachers.

It’s different, yet revealing in ways we do not realize.

We do not spend much time at our desks; rather, we use it as a repository for various, random things: student cooked food from home-economics; formal essays and projects of differing shapes; ludicrous directives from district suits; inspirational quotes; beverages with varying levels of caffeine; random call slips from the office; coping devices/mechanisms; and many other mundane things.

Personally, I have always been interested in the particulars of teachers to help me understand their universality (nod to James Joyce…).

I envision this as a digital coffee table for teachers.  We all can learn from the nuances only our desks, as symbols of our lives as teachers, can offer.

Steve Davis


2 Responses to About

  1. malcolm says:

    i love this.
    unfortunately i have turned over a new leaf this year and my desk can be seen. otherwise i could have competed for the most disastrous desk of all. maybe it will get worthy of a photo…..maybe.

  2. Terri says:

    Wow, I found this blog and all became right in the world. I love my job but that last thing I care about is my desk much to the consternation of some of my peers. Even my students joke that it is a black hole and to stay far away from it (and they are only third graders). I have been always been quietly telling myself a mess is a sign of genius to make myself feel better, but you have done that with this work. Are you still accepting pictures?

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