End of Day: Strangest Items in Your Teacher Desk
An edible cockroach, a toilet plunger, and the directions to Narnia are among the strangest items in your desk.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
A toilet unstopper. A kid brought it to school for some reason. I’m waiting for his mom to pick it up “one of these days.” —Amalthea E.
Organ-ic Stress Relief?
A stress ball in the shape of a liver…dubbed a “stress reliver” by a student. —Carrie G.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Aqua Velva. From an eighth grader who doused himself regularly during class. —Mary L.
Far From the Tree
A mummified apple. —Tanna C. S.
Open for Business
Cheddar-flavored crickets, a plastic eyeball, fake nerdy glasses, a plastic crown, and all sorts of weird, random stuff that I’ve accumulated over the years. —Adrian V.
Through the Wardrobe
The directions to Narnia. —Michel S.
My first cell, a Motorola flip phone, circa 1993. The battery is bigger than my current iPhone. —Karl U.
Blow Your Troubles Away
Bubbles. I teach high school, so they are solely for me. —Jodi G. G.
Kind of a Big Dill
A pickle whistle (it’s a whistle that looks like a pickle). —Shauna K. H.
Start Off on the Right Foot
At times, there has been a prosthetic foot in my desk. —Katherine H. E.
Masks, Mics, and More
You name it, I probably have it in my desk: monster gloves, masks, microphones, edible cockroaches, etc. —Julie L.
Fake nails a student was peeling off during class. She told me, “My mom wants them back….” —Autumn F.
Cabinet of Curiosities
A dehydrated frog… —Desti P.
Emergency Fairy Kit
I have a tutu. For myself (LOL). And enough glitter to cover the school. —Caroline R. C.
A bowling ball…a prank from a former student. It’s comfortable to rest my feet on! —Stacey U.
A mummified bat. I found it in my grandmother’s attic about 15 years ago, and it goes great with a read-aloud I do with my first graders. —Joe E.
Tell the Tooth
A lost retainer. —Nath S. K.
Better Than the Real Thing
A wind-up cockroach. —Joanne D. O.
Illustration: Gary Clement