After a few years, you get so used to this that when someone suggests that perhaps schools should be provided with the furnishings they need it seems a novel idea. Anyway, when this came up last week we decided on the following list for the primary classroom:
- Kidney-shaped table. Key for small group instruction, not replaceable by cleverly arranging desks.
- Magnetic Easel Whiteboard. Preferably with shelving, for all whole-class instruction, minilessons, and similar.
- Ample Bookshelves. Many of these should be at child-accessible levels so that children can select and return books with ease.
- Large (12' by 15') Rug. For whole class instruction, story time and the like.
- Tech Table. For technology, with drawers appropriate to material storage.
- Correctly-sized lightweight chairs. Students should be comfortable and the chairs should be easily moved, so that you can have fewer (one per kid rather than one per seat).
- Teacher Chairs, At Least Two. One for the kidney-shaped table and one for the rug area. I understand that the New York City public schools got every primary teacher a rocking chair. That would be neat.