Best ESL Desk for Working from Home
Are you looking for the best ESL desk for your career teaching English online? Here are some top ESL desks.
Investing in a dedicated ESL desk marked a really significant phase in my career progress. Full disclosure, I once taught sitting on a bathroom floor while my Mac Mini desktop was perched on the toilet seat of an Airbnb. (It was the quietest place I could find.) This is to say that you don’t need a fancy dedicated ESL desk to be a great ESL teacher.
Having said that, a full time teaching schedule means you will be sitting at your desk for the entire day. You will need your wrists to be at the correct alignment. A desk that is too high or too short will cause you to develop serious hand pain. An adjustable chair will help with this, but the ability to adjust your desk’s height and angle will make a huge difference in your comfort level, too.
ESL Desk Traits: Characteristics of the best desk to teach ESL online from home
- adjustable desk height
- lots of drawers
- transforms to a standing desk
- supports dual-screen set-up
Ideally, you have a desk with a lot of organizational opportunities. A desk with lots of drawers and a tilted plane for your keyboard is ideal. However, you can always add extra bins, drawers, or shelves later, too.
However, you can always add extra bins, drawers, or shelves later, too. I paired these shelves with my simple Ikea desk. These simple organizational bins can be removed from their shelves and moved around.
I actually really liked the VADDO desk from Ikea that I used for years because it was so light and easy to move around.
However, if you want to upgrade your desk game, then you might want to consider a desk that can be adjustable and turn into a standing desk.
Standing ESL Desks for Online English Teachers
Many VIPkid and MagicEars teachers swear by standing desks. MagicEars, especially, expects teachers to be very enthusiastic and peppy. After a few classes in a row, it might be hard to be extremely energetic while teaching. A standing desk forces you to stay awake and alert.
The cheapest way to make a standing desk, honestly, is to go grab your ironing board and plop your laptop right on it.
However, the second cheapest standing desk solution is a foldable ESL desk that perches on your regular desk. You can adjust it to various heights. To lower the table, you press down firmly and evenly on both sides and squeeze the handle.
However, the second cheapest standing desk solution is a foldable desk that perches on your regular ESL desk. It can be adjustable to various heights. To lower the table, you press down firmly and evenly on both sides and squeeze the handle.
Many online teachers swear by standing ESL desks to minimize back pain.
But a standing desk also helps you jump, dance, and interact with your young students in a way that keeps them engaged. If you have taught little kids online before, you know they romp around their room a lot. You can jump around with them with a standing desk. So, if you are fully committed to standing, you can go all out and desk that primarily serves as a standing desk.
Even Ikea has a standing desk option!
For more inspiration, I suggest watching lots of youtube video testimonials from current teachers bragging about their online classrooms and their ESL desk setup. There are tons of videos out there and they will give you lots of good ideas for your remote classroom set-up.
ESL Desk: a dual-screen set-up
Many online ESL teachers love using two screens while teaching. Why? You can work with your students on one screen and keep all your note on the other. Also, you can have one screen as a backup device. A desk that facilitates a two-screen set-up might be just what you need.
Don’t be shy! Do you love the desk in your ESL at home classroom? Show off your ESL desk by adding a comment below, too.
And, as always, happy and comfortable teaching.
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