What Happens When The Teacher’s Desk Disappears?
Is your desk in the way?
Necessity is the mother of invention… or imitation. This semester, I have a couple of large classes, so I wanted to make some changes to accommodate my students. Inspiration to rid my classroom of my desk came from a video on TVO’s Learning 2030 series, entitled “The Classroom of 2030″. In it, Rick McCleary talks about the shift from a teacher-to-student-centred environment.
Over the years, the teacher’s desk in my room has become a bit of a hurdle. It’s too big. Students throw their stuff on it, thinking they have submitted their work. I throw my stuff on it, thinking I’m going to organize it later (which hardly ever happens). It began to develop nicknames: the Abyss, the Bermuda Triangle, the Black Hole….
The desk-hurdle problem also prevented me from taking advantage of connections between class design and potential productivity. Teaching for Artistic Behaviour focuses on…
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