Is it Time to Replace the Idea of Individual Teachers Holed up in Their Classrooms with Something more Collaborative? Here’s my 5 Thoughts…
I spend a lot of time at my desk – not when I am teaching. I am NOT the “teach from the desk” kind of educator. But, during lunch and prep times, I can always be found at my desk – planning, prepping, writing, stressing, etc.
It recently occurred to me that while I am holed up in my room, I am totally disconnected from my colleagues.
What if, instead of working in my classroom, I shared a common workspace with my colleagues?
At first it would be distracting. Even annoying. Eventually, however, so much would change, and in so many positive ways.
1. Think of the all the collaboration opportunities that would be sparked.
2. Think of all the ideas/best practices we could share.
3. Think about all the emotional venting that we could onload or support we could give each other.
4. Think of all the meetings you would no longer need!
5. Think of all the classrooms that would not have teacher desks.
Obviously, a change like this would be significant and tough to organize. You would need to find rooms to convert for the purpose. There would also be much resistance to overcome.
But, it is worth a thought.
Let us know what you think!