Collaborative Spaces

Updated: Dec 16, 2020

My class - the only one in the senior (year 5-6) team with modern furniture. Many teachers made comments like, 'you'll learn to hate it like all the teachers who were in here before you.'

I saw this as an opportunity to try something different and make collaborative learning spaces where students like working.


I decided to have my teachers desk included as a working space for everyone. This took a bit of time to wrap my head around. Instead, I used the A frame white board as my movable space. I put things that I need all the time in the draws and I moved it to wherever I was working in the classroom. Any other resources that were not used regularly were stored in a cupboard. This encouraged me to have a good clean out of my resources. Any examples of students work that I wanted to keep, I scanned and have stored in a digital folder. A lot of resource books I own have digital resources on a disk, so I uploaded those and took the books home.


Decluttering is such a good feeling.


The whiteboard all my everyday resources were stored in. The only space in the classroom, besides a cupboard that was filled with my things.

TEACHERS STATION

The whiteboard all my everyday resources were stored in. The only space in the classroom, besides a cupboard that was filled with my things.










It was awesome seeing the students faces as they came into their new set up. Together we names each space and the students created expectations for each area, such as how many people could work there at a time. This was important, especially for productive work to be done in the tent. Noise level in the different areas was included. The single desk spaces were identified as a good place to go and work alone if students felt distracted.

To take the expectations for the learning spaces further, students made videos on how not to behave each space , and how to behave in the space. This was funny and enjoyable but also led to serious discussions. The students liked the opportunity to be a little silly.


THE PODS

A space to work alone without distraction.







RAINBOW TABLE

A space for collaboration.






KORU TABLE

A space for collaboration and storing unfinished work.





SNAKE TABLE

A space for collaboration.






CATERPILLAR TABLE

A space for collaboration.