How’s It Going?

Teachers and parents alike have been asking me this question since I removed most of the desks from my classroom and replaced them with alternative forms of seating.

People. This has been the best experience of my teaching career. We have the space to spread out. There are places to work by yourself or with a partner. Kids are not fighting over who gets to sit on the couch because there are many cozy spots to work. There is a quiet buzzing of kids working and learning together.

So far I have been assigning a different “around-the-room” spot each day so the kids get familiar with the possible work spaces and have the opportunity to try many of them out. I think we are almost to the point where I will start letting them choose where to go to work. I set up very clear expectations from day one and we have been practicing the routines and procedures each day. The kids are handling this new situation beautifully and we have had an amazing start to the year.

Here are some pictures of the kids in action:

Playing a math game.

Playing a math game.

 

Playing a math game.

Playing a math game.

 

Creating people cutouts to look like us.

Creating people cutouts to look like us.

 

Kicking back to do some cutting.

Kicking back to do some cutting.

 

Coloring on the couch.

Coloring on the couch.

The scoop chairs have been a big hit.

The scoop chairs have been a big hit.

 

Working hard with room to spread out.

Working hard with room to spread out.

 

Practicing our stamina for reading to ourselves.

Practicing our stamina for reading to ourselves.

 

One of my favorite things to come out of this new set-up is our lunchtime gatherings. The “furniture movers” move the small tables to the side and we set out name tags and plastic trays on the floor in a large rectangle. The name tags get shuffled each day, so we sit by different people each day. Even Mrs. Kiepert has a name tag. We talk to each other while we get settled on the floor. Once all the chocolate milk containers, yogurts, bananas, and fruit cups are opened, I read from a chapter book while the kids eat. When we’re done eating, we put the garbage can in the middle of the floor and the kids clean off their trays with an anti-bacterial wipe and start on their math problem of the day. I thought our floor was going to be a huge mess, but it has actually been cleaner than in past years. We’ve talked a lot about how we have to work on the floor, so we want to keep it as clean as possible. It’s been a beautiful thing.

 

Lunch!

Lunch!

If you are a parent of one of my students this year, please stop by sometime to check out our learning. We would love to have you!

 

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  • SelviusFam

    What an awesome idea!!!! Happy to hear you are loving it!!! I know Ryer is too!!! 🙂

    • Tricia

      Thanks for reading, Callie!

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