I self-diagnosed my teaching problem today. The learning space I have created for my students is too static. It’s all wrong. To quote myself:
What a classroom needs is flexibility of space and furniture as this allows for an ever-changing, dynamic learning environment.
That comes from this blog post, ‘Using archetypes to match learning spaces with physical and digital spaces‘, and in rereading it tonight the penny dropped. Currently I have four walls that can be used for students to display their learning/do some visible thinking … and that means less space for tables to be pushed around. Or so I’ve convinced myself. Tomorrow will be different. In the meantime, I have recreated my posters for the archetypal learning spaces that my students loved so much (the others were ripped by the guys putting in my IWB, sad face) … I’m putting them up as soon as I can convince someone to print them off in colour for me 😉