What are your favorite classrooms? Which rooms make you look forward to teaching? What do those rooms all have in common? Almost a year ago, Jeff wrote an interesting post about redesigning the classroom to include a “large, pressure-sensitive multi-touch wall” of the kind we’re now used to seeing on television news programs. And last September, I described my ideal classroom, in terms of information technology. However, most of the classrooms that have been my favorites have been so for reasons that have nothing to do with technology. Instead, I’ve most appreciated those rooms with
- Enough room so that student desks aren’t jammed together, “bumper-to-bumper” style, leaving no room for rearranging them when necessary for small group work or discussions;
- Windows that allow natural light to mitigate, somewhat, the sterile quality of what are usually overhead flourescents;
- Carpet on the floor, rather than bare tile, so that the room doesn’t feel like a hospital;
- A clear and uncluttered space at the front, so I don’t have to step over electrical cords or step around chairs or tables… and so that students can come to the front of the room in small groups to use the white board at times.
How about you? What non-technology qualities define your favorite classrooms? Let’s hear from you in the comments!