My slice for today is about furniture. Moving furniture in my classroom. Wanting better bigger furniture. Being envious of colleagues rooms and taking snapshots of "wanna be classrooms." It's taken me 27 years to learn that furniture is more about me than my students. I learned that yesterday as my students entered the classroom. We had a work day the past Friday and after completing my progress reports I started rearranging my room. Not huge changes, but small changes. How did I make these changes? I knew my learners - their strengths and weaknesses. Like any year, I have a mixed bag of students who need to work alone, work together and work in small groups. Some like quiet, some like digital (need a plug) some like noise (not my favorite but I support it).
Here's what I figured out...it's not about the furniture it's about meeting the learners and creating an environment which allows for choices and supports their learning styles. I didn't spend any money to update anything. I just rearranged and created different spaces. It was complete joy seeing students using the low beach chairs, the "new"writing table, and laying on the bench discussing their books. I am extremely slow to learn this lesson. My hope is that anyone reading this post can learn quicker that I did. Feel free to print this as a reminder :)
PS. I'm embarrassed that I asked Kristin Z. where did you purchase those really neat benches? Now I know it's not about the benches. Although she told me years ago at Target :) Thanks Kristin :)
|Notebooks (whole class writing journals taken home the first night)|
Life Quote (thanks JoEllen McCarthy for suggesting a dry erase board)
Cushions from the Super Bowl underneath (Thanks Susan)