Why should classrooms be redesigned? Desks are clunky, the rooms are small, the walls are bare, and the class discussion is minimal.
In Innovations, we need class collaboration on a daily basis to brainstorm and continue to push our creativity to new lengths. Hunching over vast desk space to speak in a loud classroom with 16 other people is not easy, nor is it “user friendly” for the students. I am all about social media, so communication and collaboration with others is very important to me. This necessity is hindered due to the lack of close proximity, face-to-face conversation with my peers.
This is why I propose a change. Not only for Innovations, but for classrooms around the country. I understand some classes need desks strategically placed in rows with students in alphabetical order (such as math and science); however, the other subjects are not providing students with ample discussion with each other. In AP U.S. History and AP Language and Composition last year, we held countless Socratic seminars and class discussions over our readings, and my back was turned to over half of the class due to the set up of the desks in the classroom.
Consequently, I believe classrooms should be given bean bag chairs and furniture that can be set up into a circle for discussion and collaboration on a daily basis. I would love Innovations to be the prototype of this proposal, though we do not have the resources for this at the moment. If any school has already tried this technique, please contact me at the email address below. Also, if anyone is willing to give us a discount on furniture, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can foster more creativity and success in our classroom!