Dina Strasser asks Santa for her ideal classroom. It's cute, and at the end, she adds this detail:
There’s no teacher desk. There isn’t now. I got rid of it in August, which I consider one of the small successes of this school year. I sit (when I do sit) at the writing conference table or among the kids, which is astonishing– astonishing– in its simple power to help me communicate with and manage the class. More on that later, I think.
Can't remember the last time I sat in my teacher desk during class, but last week I didn't have answers for the six assigned classwork problems so I declined student questions for five minutes and sat among them, asking myself questions aloud, in part to model the problem-solving process, and, in full, to disrupt the buffer I have inadvertently established between the teacher and his students.
PS: Dina Strasser is my favorite new blogger of 2008. Go subscribe.
PPS: I have no problem with Edublogs monetizing their unpaid blogs but those double-underlined ad links had better be generating millions because they're the most annoying advertising on the 'net. Until I install the relevant Greasemonkey script, I instinctive reload every Edublog site I visit, just to clear them out.