Over the school year, I thought of other things I needed. I wanted a taller table that students could sit at for groups and parents and teachers could sit at for meetings too. Instead, we had the legs raised on my kidney table. I wanted the whiteboard mounted on my wall behind my kidney table to make it easier to use during groups. I asked for a bulletin board to be mounted on my wall to display student work from groups. My principal had a bulletin board mounted outside of my office (not pictured) for my wall of fame. I wish I had a picture of what everything looked like when I first walked into my office for comparison. All I have is the "after" pictures, some earlier in the year than others, which you can see below. I went with a black and white lattice theme. I'm a huge fan of white vinea and black brocade office decor. I have a two-tier white vinea letter tray for organizing papers I'm organizing and papers I need to file. I used a Scholastic Pocket Chart for all of my monthly lesson and group plans. I also bought a black storage carousel from Michaels for storing crayons, colored pencils, pencils, glue, and scissors for easy access during groups. It spins so many times I had to ask the students to stop spinning it and pay attention.
|Desk with Vinea Letter Tray.|
|My [smaller] desk, pocket chart, bookcase, and filing cabinet.|
|Beginning: Kidney Table near Door.|
|After: White Board and Kidney Table.|
|Beginning: White Board on Wheels.|
|After: Bulletin Board in place of White Board.|
|After: Fountain and Plant near Bulletin Board.|
|Leave a Note Office Sign.|
|Outside My Office.|
|Miss Davies Wall of Fame for Lesson Rewards|
|Staff Shout Outs|
My office was an improvement, but it had a ways to go before I would have been completely happy with it. I would have liked a calm down area, maybe using a teepee and pillows. If not a teepee, I would try this. I wanted to use a 3-tier shelf laid on it's side with a cushion and some pillows on top to make a bench. I wanted to make two milk crate seats to double as storage and seating. I already bought the fabric I need. I wanted to get some storage bins for organization as well and I wanted to make this wooden crate and use it as shelving. I had a fountain that broke (long story that involves me not moving a table when making a bulletin board). I wanted to put the fountain with a bonsai tree and and a zen garden on a shelf. I wanted that peaceful space, not just for the students, but for me too. I would have liked to put up some posters on my wall as well. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to add to my office to make it more inviting. It takes time and money to do that. It was hard trying to do things the way I wanted on a part-time budget. When I get my next school counseling job, I'll continue to add to my office decor. I look forward to seeing pictures of other counselors' offices for inspiration as everyone heads back to school.