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By: Cathy Nelson

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 18:00:42 +0000

I very much enjoyed this too. A few years ago when I was in a different district, we as a school were studying Reggie Routman and reading literacy for the young, and one of the concepts she pushed was creating that home away from home environment. Suddenly every grade level was creating cozy areas and centers for different purposes--a kindergarten look if I had to generalize. Lamps and warm fuzzy furniture, rugs, stuffed animals everywhere. Desks were going out and tables were ordered almost in every classroom. The teachers LOVED it. Many of them also rid their rooms of a teacher desk, as they didn't feel it fit in, or they were also not willing to relinquish space for such an unnecessary piece of furniture. I have since moved from this K-5 school to a middle school. I'd love to do some action research where a class looses all the desks and works together to earn furniture...i think kids would much rather have what Clarence describes, no matter their age, and I think loosing the desks would almost FORCE a teacher to look at their teaching practices. I am stunned to find that our school has 70 minute classes where the kids are expected to sit and listen or work quietly for the duration of the class. Even on staff development days we have breaks and activities that engage us to break up the day and make it more interesting. I just need one group to test my theory that more can be accomplished with out traditional desks and rows.



By: Dean Shareski

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 17:30:12 +0000

What a great idea! A collection of classroom design ideas and voicethread is the perfect tool which would allow others to comment and ask questions. For others reading this here's Sue's voicethread on her classroom. http://andanotherthing-sue.blogspot.com/2007/09/my-first-voice-thread.html



By: Sue Tapp

Sat, 13 Oct 2007 11:16:52 +0000

Hi Dean I really enjoyed listening to this as I am always considering design in my room . I have actually done a post trying voicethread to show my room and I was hoping others might do the same and discuss the things that are working and share some ideas. My room is not only used by me but by several others so I don't have the same situation you do but I have kind of taken over mine!!Good luck with your presentation, I am sure it will be great and I do enjoy your writing!! Sue