Turning the Tables for Learning
My plan includes reducing the number of desks in my classroom and replacing them with marker board tables. The marker board tables will allow my students to collaborate with their classmates with more freedom and comfort. Students will easily pair up, work in a small group, and have discussions as a whole class. They will not have to move their desks or materials to join their classmates. The marker board tables also allow students to write out and share ideas when they begin a writing assignment; as they can use the table to brainstorm and share ideas. In addition, students may use the tables for spelling and vocabulary words. The tables give students the opportunity to write out their words along with an illustration and sentence. This strategy will increase their comprehension through word application.
Students’ engagement will heighten with marker board tables. Marker board tables are just more fun to use than traditional paper and pencil. Students will get excited about their classwork with the marker board tables. They will also be able to move around the tables smoother than with the desks.
Additionally, it will make it easier for me to formatively assess my students. I can circulate around their tables and take a quick glance at their assignment, since all most of their work will be on their table. This will help me to grasp their understanding and adjust how to move forward with the lesson or access which students need remediation or acceleration.