New Desks = New Way of Learning

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In the high school classroom of teacher Gregory Kguloian, brand new desks are proving symbolic of a new way of learning. The recently acquired furniture is allowing students to take ownership of their own educational environment by rearranging the classroom into any configuration they want. The shape of the new desks allows the students to form cooperative groups of any size to help them break away from the “old way” of desks in a straight line all facing the front of the classroom.

“My intention is to let them sit and work together and face in any direction they choose,” Kguloian said. “Our young people can now take ownership of their freedom to learn, while being allowed to modify their own learning space. Desks no longer need to be in rows to facilitate orderly lessons.”

Assistant Principal Jean Marie D’Aversa was responsible for this forward-thinking update to the classroom.

“Mrs. D’Aversa deserves accolades for all the hard work she does here at the high school on behalf of the students and staff,” Kguloian said. “We are lucky to have her.”

Additional features in his classroom are intended to facilitate this new model of seating. A chalkboard and overhead projector features web lessons and Sway presentations in one direction, giant Post-Its display state standards on another wall, a Smart Board offers an interactive teaching/learning format on a third wall, and an out-facing window on the fourth wall provides natural light.