It is, after all, ground zero for many ideas, decisions, and edicts.
It is a DJ station, a cockpit, and general headquarters for our Hoggatteer family.
I thought it might be of use to teachers to give a "quick" tour of my "desk", so here goes:
The top shelf is home to our DVD/VCR. This is connected to the LCD projector that hangs from our ceiling. It is also connected to surround sound speakers and to our Wii system.
On the main surface of the desk, from left to right, are my laptop computer (MacBook Air). To the right is a desk lamp (for times when the classroom lights are out and I would still like to work), and our new document camera. I suspect we will attempt to use the camera for sharing student work, as well as for establishing directions for a paper of project. It may also afford us more opportunities for video chatting.
On the small shelf - not to get too tedious - is a power strip, a little fan (to cool off the teacher when I work up a sweat), a water bottle (for the teacher who tries to stay hydrated), and a 12-ounce can of Diet Dr. Pepper (for the teacher who doesn't drink coffee).
Assorted paper, pens and pencils rest on the left side of the keyboard shelf, neighbored by a menagerie of remote controls. From left to right, there is the world's largest remote which programs the digital sign on the bulletin board that sits off screen from the photo shown and a two-button remote that turns on and off the spotlights on our "stage". To the right of that is another lighting remote, this one controlling our special effects - blacklights, Christmas "mood" lighting, and our laser show for special occasions. The final three remotes control the surround sound, the DVD/VCR, and the projector.
LOWER SHELF AND FLOOR
Finally, the most important planning and data binders sit on a little shelf, while on the floor sits the drum that we use for celebrating success, and a trash can that we use to discard our failures.
I feel very fortunate to have a central area in which I can supervise and "command" the class. If only it was elevated, I would feel even more important like the DJ at a 1980s roller skating rink.