The underlying theory behind the redesign struck a chord with them immediately: let children move, sit, stand and be the way they need to be in order to learn more successfully. These important concepts are explained in detail by Dr. Dieter Breithecker in his book The Third Teacher.
Our district was fortunate to be able to hear Dr. Breithecker in person last week, which further inspired many more teachers, school board members, parents and administrators to consider rethinking how we structure our learning environments. Click here to view his presentation slides. Be sure to visit the Bobcat Blog for a great overview of his presentation and more about the 2 pilot classrooms there.
So they eyed their classroom furniture from a new point of view and made some changes that fit into their budget and timeline.
To their delight, Brooke Ehlinger, a third grade teacher, discovered that she could raise tables in her classroom to a standing height for students, just as easily as they could lower them for floor sitting.
I enjoyed hearing this validated by Dr. Breithecker, when he said that the most requested height for tables was standing height.