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  • Not in the classroom. Reading Benjamin Weinberg's story of teacher desks reminded me of the way I taught. Traveling to up to four different rooms during the day, I didn't need a desk in the classroom, just a place to put my roll book in the years when we used those or a computer in the last five or six years. I moved around the room, sitting next to students, keeping watch on the work they were doing.

    The business department had an office where the teachers each had a desk. That's mine in the photo. We had a storeroom and a workroom with counters. There was a smaller office for our secretary.

    This is definitely the best way to teach. The classroom should be for the students, with lots of space to move around, work on projects, make presentations, practice what they are learning. It's good to have space that can be adapted to various needs. One room in which I worked had long tables that could be used for meetings, large projects, and parties. The students could divide into groups, do their various work, come back together, and make presentations to the large group with a computer and projector.

    I was sad to read Benjamin's ending. The new school did not make room for the teacher's office so the desk went back to the classroom. Oh well, education often goes backwards.
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