I wasn't sure how to change things up, so I turned to the #BYOTchat crew and asked the experts. They had tonnes of great ideas, from different levels (standing areas vs. sitting areas vs. floor areas), movable furniture (modular desks), and creative spaces (white boards, projection screens for students to connect to). Click on that link above to see the archive of the chat if you are also looking for ideas.
The Original Room:
It's a science lab, with built-in lab benches on all four sides of the room (the front bench becomes the teacher's desk/bench).
- It's a big room (30 students easily fit with room to move about);
- There are already outlets galore;
- There is a working sink at the back of the room;
- There is more storage than I need;
- There is a counter along the back of the room (under the cabinets) where I already have four desktop computers.
- The built-in lab benches cannot be moved or removed (since they have old water & gas lines in them);
- The benches limit the creation of "spaces" - it's hard to get much into the corners;
- This will remain a science lab, so flammable items must be kept to a minimum.
I'm by no means an interior designer, but together with the students, we came up with some ideas.
Drum roll, please!
|"After" - part 1|
Still to come:
Update: April 2Here are a couple of photos of the room with the lamps and the extra cushions. Two banks of fluorescent lights now stay off most of the time, and surprisingly enough, with all the extra seating, more students are choosing to stand along the side benches - which I'm very fine with! Next step - a little more colour for the benches!
|New cushions for the comfy area|
|New lamps along the side|
|The east side of the classroom with lamps & comfy area|