This is more of a "check this out" kind of post instead of the more practical stuff we divas are used to sharing. But I know I like poking my nose in other classrooms and I have reflected on classroom set ups before when I decided to ditch my desk. This one is particularly interesting and I thought you would think so too. A bit of background about this class before we get to the pictures:
I think it's a pretty cool classroom! But I realize that the number of students makes this sort of set-up much easier. When this group goes to Grade 7, they will move to the Secondary Learning Suite (the SLS) where they will sharing a very similar set up with the entire secondary student body (another small group, about 20 students, Grade 7-12)
I was surprised how hushed and purposeful the vibe in this class often is. I wondered if this sort of environment would lead to unfocused behaviour. However, it almost had a productive office feel to it. Groups working together, then breaking off to work at their desks...reconnecting as needed. However, I imagine a child with special learning needs such as ADD/HD may have difficulty. Yet...those desks can isolate students when needed. I suppose the only real difference between this and a more traditional classroom are the desks, but I think they do make a big impact.
Anyway, there it is! I would be curious to hear your thoughts and questions. The teacher of this classroom really enjoys it, she feels the students have "risen to the environment" and that they would behave differently (not badly, just differently) with more traditional desks. I wouldn't want these desks for my Grade 2 class, but I would definitely want those sofas!
Leigh Ann Fitch
Thank you for visiting! I am a Canadian who teaches and lives in Oman. My goal for this blog is to improve my teaching by learning from fellow colleagues all over the world and sharing my reflections!