There was a time was I first started teaching that I didn't have a teacher's desk. In fact I thought it wasn't necessary because I thought I wanted all the space in the room to be for the children. However after 20 some years of teaching I have come to realize I spend more time at school than I do at home. And yes, I do need some me space, because I do spend at least two hours or more a day in that room without children cleaning and getting ready for the next day.
This is one of the most important things I have for myself.....a place to put my keys. If you are a little bit older like me...you are always looking for things and if you give them a usable home then you don't need to worry about where things are.
Here is my locker. I have some family pictures in it and my comfort bags with all the daily necessities. The two hooks in my locker are for my recess whistle and my work id. I also keep a small air freshener and snow pants (I live in Wisconsin.)
Here is my desk. Of course I have more family pictures and vacation pictures. I always have my calendar and lesson plan book on top of the desk. I also have the my marker carousel from PB that I just love.
Just like at home, everything as a spot. Even the kiddos in my class will learn where everything goes.
One last thing I have for myself is my Power Thought cards. I like to read them the first thing in the morning and the last thing before I leave. They are just a gentle reminder to me of my personal daily goals.