With my desk gone, I am less apt to sit at it; as ridiculously obvious as that statement is - it is a critical one. Because I abolished grading, it is even more important for me to work with my students while they are still learning. Without my desk, I am committing myself even more to sitting, interacting and observing the kids.
I will know this was a success:
- if someone walks in the classroom and it takes them a minute to find me.
- if someone walks in and asks where the front of the class is.
- if I sit next to a student and they act like nothing changed.
- if the kids feel just as comfortable showing me their failures as their successes.
- if the kids feel like they can teach me as much as I can teach them, and I feel like I can learn from the kids as much as they can learn from me.
After the first day without my desk, I feel like I did the right thing. I'm looking forward to finding out how I feel about this in a month.