This is a student desk that sits in a corner of my new work space. It is weathered and worn, with initials carved into the wood. Yes, wood. This desk is so old it is made of heavy, real wood and features an inkwell hole in its top.
I love this desk already.
I love that there is room for me to share my office with students. I hope that students will come down to visit me and do some school tasks in this alternate work space. I hope that when they come, they will see it as just that: an alternative, not a punishment.
I love that this old desk has history. Those initials and dings all speak to many years of students who have sat at that desk learning, dreaming, and growing.
Now the desk sits waiting for a new year (educators, students and parents all know that this is the real new year). Old desk, new year. There’s something about that contrast that just represents education so well, I think. Isn’t that what we do? We take the old, traditional and steady and blend it with the new, innovative and original.
I don’t know what is in store for that desk this year. But I’m pretty sure it is going to be great.
Happy new year, learners.
Just in case you were worried that this was in any way me professing the need for desks for learning, it isn’t about that. Desks are one structure we can use to help us facilitate learning but not the only one. Case in point, right beside the old weathered desk is another piece of furniture I’ve brought in for students. Take a look.