Getting Rid of My Teacher’s Desk
Matthew R. Morris

Your decision was a really good one, for some additional reasons. First, by eliminating a desk you have sent the message to your students that the classroom is their space and they are the most important part of it. Ownership supercharges engagement and is also the fuel of good inquiry. Second, it creates so much more flexibility for you to create small group collaboration and individual work spaces. With some flexible furnishings like cushions, bean-bag chairs, or whatever you can scrounge up, you can build a space that can adapt quickly to whatever you or the students want to jump into. Third, it forces you to aggressively reflect on what you store and hold on to. Most teachers are hoarders – they hold on to a resource, lesson, unit, or text because they might use it. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, they never do and they just keep accumulating stuff (like my garage)until they couldn’t tell you what is there.

Now that you have removed the desk, how do you expand the classroom beyond your door? ( literally and academically ). I have my own ideas but I am very interested in yours. Thanks for sharing.

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