Well, let me give you the update you’ve been waiting for.
- I love having our regular desks in a circle where I am just another person in the ring. I think it sends a good message that we are all in this together when we are discussing.
- The Ikea tables are light and easy to move across the carpet.
- There are now many places to work in the room and many ways to “find a spot” that don’t all involve huddling in groups near the cubbies.
- When the tables are lined up close to the front, no one is more than 10 feet from the board for those direct instruction times.
- Students are able to choose a type of work place that suits them.
- When students do choose another work place, it is actually conducive to working.
- There are times when I want to be able to go back and forth in classroom design within a short block of time.
- It’s pretty tight when we’re all up front. The positioning of the table legs means that it’s hard to fit 2 students per side.
- Why didn’t I think of this a bunch of years ago?
The ugly (still needs work):
- I think I need some kind of in between set-up where we are mostly in discussion mode, but yet the board is nearby and accessible for notes and ideas.
- The chairs, the chairs. They don’t move as easily and we have had a few traffic jams.
- I am still working on planning the day with seating in mind.
So, overall I’m still really excited about the possibilities of this new set-up. It’s definitely a step, or a table, in the right direction. (I’ll add a picture once my camera is charged.)