When I moved to my new room, I also inherited a teacher desk, a nice new teacher desk by the way. . . with nice drawers. I haven't used a traditional desk for years, but it was nice to have the drawer space. So I kept it. . . and felt guilt about the enormous amount of space it took up.
Then one day it hit me! So I swapped the desk with one of the computer tables. I put the student desktop computer on top of the teacher desk and it became a shared space. The sign-out sheet is there and students use the desktop computer when they need to. I have a little space on the left side plus I get to keep those drawers! Problem solved.
Now what to do with that extra computer table? I couldn't just toss it. So I moved it to the front of the room (where I had my trapezoid table). Now I have enough space for both my laptop and my document camera. I also gained extra space to work one-on-one with students at this table. Sweet!
|This is where my desk used to sit
I have 2 couches. I love the comfy feeling they give my room. Students are free to choose these spaces to enjoy a book or to complete assignments. One is in the whole group meeting area and the other is in the class library. I thought I might have to give 1 away when I moved. As it turns out I was able to keep them both.
|Reading Corner, but not really a corner
|Whole group meeting space
These are the major changes I've made in my room since school started. Anyone who knows me knows I am always looking for the perfect room arrangement. I think I may have found it . . . time will tell!
Update: I went to my room the other day (yes, it was during Fall Break) and moved a shelf to the end of that table behind the puzzle. It made the writing supplies more accessible to the students and it gave me a little more space near that chart tablet to the right of the puzzle. I'll have to see how it works when the kids come back tomorrow. I guess there is no such thing as the perfect arrangement after all!
Please tell me I'm not the only person who is always looking for a better solution and changing their room around? Leave your comments below.