As mentioned in my previous post, I am scaling down my desk to make it more efficient and approachable for my students. So I am creating a Colloboration Corner, that includes a space for me. This corner will be part of four rotations that the students will move through during the week. I created the Collaboration Corner as I noticed that some students were really reluctant to ask for help, no matter what strategy I used (raise hand, flip a cup over, write your name on a clipboard, etc). So this way, I have a spot for 6-7 students to rotate to this area and they can work together, and with me, as part of a rotation, so everyone has to do it.
1 – Remove my big old desk, with drawers and attached filing cabinet.
2 – Replace desk with a table, with space for basic supplies.
Since teachers are very resourceful, I traded my desk with another teacher’s old scratched up IKEA table top, as well as purchased a cheap rolling organizer from Target. But they needed some magic to work in my classroom. Here comes some Velcro, double-sided tape, and laminated fabric or vinyl to the rescue.
I found some of this auto sticky velcro and attached it to the top of the cart as well as to a matching piece of vinyl.
Ta da! But now that I look at this picture, I noticed that the vinyl is upside down, oh well.