— Colleen Rose (@ColleenKR) January 19, 2017
Conferences have always been a part of my interactions with students, but I can’t say that I’ve planned or structured these conferences before. This year, I am using conferences as an integral tool for my students’ inquiry tasks; they schedule meeting times with me and are responsible for recording what we discussed as well as their plan for the next step of their task. As much as I enjoy the first meetings with students, I was surprised by the level of accountability in the 2nd and 3rd meetings because we used their notes to assess their growth.
If I am going to continue using conferences in my classroom, I think I have to consider redesigning our classroom space. Although my students and I are able to have productive meetings, it would help if we had a designated area that was more conducive to meaningful discussions.
While I tossed a few ideas around in my head, I noticed Aviva Dunsiger‘s post on Instagram:
What a beautiful way to use her classroom for the benefit of her students. It made me wonder if my students would feel comfortable in my classroom if they needed a “brain break”. What would this look like in a secondary classroom? How would it compare and differ from an elementary classroom?
I have heard that the classroom is the third teacher, but I haven’t honoured this concept by intentionally planning our learning environment… yet. Maybe this is my next step…
If you have suggestions or ideas for classroom design, please share!