Would you like to see my classroom? Our High School is only 4 years old. We all feel very lucky to have such a nice facility. I spend over half of my day in this room. I cannot show pictures of students unless I have parent permission signatures, etc. I understand why, but at the same time, about 98% of the kids have pictures on Facebook! They all laughed when I told them I needed permission forms to have their pictures on my school web page!!
There are 30 desks arranged semi-circle fashion. I love this arrangement. It makes for great group discussions. I refer to the desks as the inner circle and the outer circle...Some of my classes have up to 33 students, but there are usually some absent. If everyone is there, I run next door and grab more desks.
In the center of the semi-circle is the open area that I call my "fish bowl". I move around in this area to teach, and invite speakers and students to the "fishbowl" to present!!
This is the far corner of the room, by my desk. I like it here, because I have a view of the whole room and of anyone who may be coming in my door. I wanted you to see my cords. There are 5 for my laptop alone. Between that and my phone, my desk looks like a tangled mess!
When students are in my room, it is rare for me to be at my desk. Call me old-fashioned, but my philosophy is to be up, moving around, facilitating learning, interacting with the students. Anyway, this is the view from my corner. I stand back here when I take attendance on my computer, etc.
This term I am teaching a course called Personal Development. This week we have talked about "Knowing Yourself" and how that helps you with life decisions...education, careers, life partners..
...also knowing about the different personality types helps you get along better with others...helps you tolerate individual differences, helps reduce conflict at work, helps relationships with siblings, roommates, and in groups of friends. We've had some good discussions just in the last few days!