What story does your furniture tell about you?
As someone who has been spending a lot of time on interviews recently, walking into various classrooms at various schools, I can assure you that your furniture speaks volumes. All without saying a word.
Think about the way you chose to set up your classroom. Were you able to make that decision? Some of us have no choice; the desks are literally nailed to the floor. But the furniture in most teachers’ classrooms is moveable. It was probably arranged somehow when you first walked in to your classroom, however long ago that day might be. Did you change the way the desks were oriented? Did you move the teacher-desk? What did you put up on the walls? What kind of an environment did you create for your students?
Your students don’t have to have an advanced degree in either education or design to see what kind of learning space they have walked into when they stroll into class on the first day of school. Think about what messages these various spaces send. For the purposes of this exercise, ignore anything on the walls and what types of furniture being used. Concentrate on how the desks/tables and chairs are arranged. What do you think was the teacher’s intention for each class?
Which classroom would you like to be a student in?