Ditching my desk 

I’ve had an epiphany.  My desk is a mess. It’s become a dumping ground. The rubble is overflowing in a big pit where nothing emerges when it’s needed. Something needs to change. 

I never sit there. I’m always roaming around. The only time I perch there is to observe my students (with half an eye and half an ear so as not to intrude ) when they are being taught by other teachers. Often I take my lap top and sit with the children to see what they see…

So I decided to take the plunge. The furniture has been shuffled. My space has been cleared and my former desk is now another place where any of us might choose to be during a day.

One of my colleagues told me that at her previous school, the teachers’  desks were removed. They had no choice. She hated it. 

Why would others enforce their will on adults ? Why would we enforce our will on children? 

Should we all have desks ? Should teachers be facing the children or the wall? 

Is it an intrusion for the children to have me sharing their space? I’m soon to find out ! 

  

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About Jina Belnick

I am a full time learner - tumbling head first into education and joining my learners on the amazing adventures that we encounter daily at our PYP school in Melbourne, Australia.I am currently working in learning support, feeling the waters and seeing how teachers and learners are best supported, I am a listener and a leader, an inquirer and a follower. I'm loving the ride!
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3 Responses to Ditching my desk 

  1. hjoubert says:

    I look forward to “hearing” how it goes. I agree that we often think that our way makes sense to all because it makes sense to us!

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  2. Limor Glazer says:

    Jina, it fascinating! I wonder how it is going…?… I have a desk upstairs in the class which I also never use for sitting at… Please share impressions of the outcomes later on. Thanks for writing 🙂

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