Why the 21st Century Classroom May Remind You of Starbucks
It’s been my dream to make my 2nd grade classroom look more like a “Starbucks for kids”, and less like, well, a classroom. Think about when you go to Starbucks to complete some work. Why do you choose to work there? Where do you choose to sit? I usually gravitate towards the comfy seating choices like the couches and big chairs, and yet, I see people choose the tables and chairs over and over again. Regardless, when you walk into Starbucks, you have choice. As I sat in our local Starbucks this past summer, I looked around and thought—why can’t my classroom look like this? After several weeks of planning and a little bit of faith, what resulted was this: But how did I get to this point? What did your process look like? Before I even purchased a single thing, I thought about why I was doing a classroom redesign. Looking around my classroom, I quickly realized that I had far too much furniture, so I got rid of four tables, my huge teacher desk, 20 traditional chairs and a file cabinet.
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