Physical Space

How Do You Use Your Teacher Desk?

All art teachers seem to use their desks differently. While some teachers restrict their desks to strict “no student zones,” other teachers regularly invite students to talk about their work there. And while some teachers spend the majority of their days at their desks, others barely sit down.

In this video, you’ll see that I try to have a good mix of time spent at my desk and time spent away from it. It’s always a balancing act.

If you’re lucky enough to have a teacher’s desk in your classroom, we’d love to know what you think about desk etiquette. How should a desk be used?

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If you don’t have a desk in your classroom, how do you handle some of the things mentioned in the video?

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Jennifer Borel

Jennifer Borel is one of AOEU’s Adjunct Instructors and Academic Advisors and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She runs her own photography business and is passionate about students exploring the medium.

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