this style of desk isn't as flexible as single desks with separate
chairs and doesn't lend itself to seating students in groups. |
I'm taking a graduate class on Kagan's Cooperative Learning Strategies. I was already very familiar with the structures but some of the rationale on team building is new to me. I've been enjoying the class and I came home from it last weekend inspired to change my classroom set up. I ran through a mental inventory of what is in my classroom and I realized that I had 5 trapezoid tables that could each seat two students. I decided to use one trapezoid table plus two of the old desks per group. I managed to get one more table from a coworker who had extras so I had enough to make 6 groups. Students can get in and out easily and can work together. The best part is that my classroom now feels huge! There is a lot of space to move around.
|Here's a table group in my redesigned classroom!|
Have you come up with a creative solution to a near-impossible problem? Let me know about it. I'd love to be inspired by your great idea!