This post was written by Des, a Grade 5 teacher at my school who is constantly on her own inquiry journey – into inquiry, technology and learning spaces…
My students have always had their own special seat with their own special chairbag with their own special stuff.
We change seats every term or during the term when necessary.
Loads of stuff cluttered our room!!! If my brain felt cluttered, I wondered what was happening to my students’ brains??
A colleague of mine, who had access to cube seats and mini tables rearranged the learning spaces in her room. Students chose to sit where their learning took them. I frequently watched how her students were learning in these open spaces.
Time to declutter? DEFINITELY!
Chairbags were removed. Tables cleared,. Stuff and things were stored. Colourful bean bags and small tables scattered the room.
Students now choose their own learning spaces depending on the learning experience.
Reflections: Student comments:
Sage: Good! we can sit wherever we choose and we are not set in concrete.
Jordan: You can move around freely and learn with whoever you want where you want.
Jaimee: More space to learn. Feels free.
Ashleigh: We can learn better and share our thinking on large sheets of butcher paper that we can spread out on the tables that now have nothing on them.
Zohar: It creates freedom in our classroom
Raph: Whenever I walk into our classroom I get a warm, happy feeling
Aaron: We can learn in a more comfortable way
Marley: Every lesson feels different because we learn in a different way in each lesson –in a space we choose to learn.
Desiree (class teacher) I feel liberated!!!